The People’s Land02/23/17
by Howard Quigley, PhD
Understanding the dynamics of land ownership in Mexico is going to be crucial to making progress on the Jaguar Corridor here. Today, we explored Nicte-Ha, a privately owned reserve of about 3,000 ha, mostly inside the Laguna de Terminos Natural Protected Area.
The ranchers here consider themselves stewards of the land that they own. But the federal government has a role to play, too, as keepers of the system of protected areas in the country. Responsibility for protecting these lands should be shared, but from what we heard, ranchers are bearing most of the financial burden. We’ll be visiting other landowners along this route, and getting some ideas about how we can broker better relationships between them and the government with sustainable development and conservation of valuable wildlife as common objectives.