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Forest quality in the southwest of Mexico City

Author(s) Avila Akerberg
Place of publication Freiburg
ISBN/ISSN 3-933390-39-7
Language en
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Journal Culterra, Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Landespflege der Albert-Ludwigs-Universtät Freiburg
Magazine No. 56/2010
This project presents an evaluation of the forests in the southwest of Mexico City, one of the world’s biggest and most populated metropolises, adhering to the concept of forest quality. The forests studied are located in the upper Magdalena watershed, in the southern-central part of the country.The study area covers a surface area of ca. 6,400 ha and is host to the main temperate forest types of Mexico: pine (Pinus hartwegii), fir (Abies religiosa), mixed (Pinus, Abies, Quercus and Alnus), montane cloud, and oak forests (Quercus rugosa and Q. laurina). The forests were given protection status primarily because they are a major source of drinking water, but also because of their crucial role in the maintenance of the sizable biodiversity of the area, their ability to sequester carbon, and the provision of recreational opportunities for the inhabitants of Mexico City.