Work by the environmental police division of the National Gendarmerie has translated into a 94% decline in illegal logging in the winter habitat of the monarch butterfly, says the acting CEO of the Mexico office of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Jorge Eduardo Rickards Campbell explained that the favorable figures are the result of a program called Environmental Mission, implemented by Conanp, the Natural Protected Areas Commission, and the environmental police.
Rickards was speaking at an event marking the third anniversary of the National Gendarmerie, part of the Federal Police. The Gendarmerie’s environmental division, which was formed later, now has 1,000 officers, many of whom have been deployed to the forest areas where the monarch butterflies spend their winters after flying from Canada and the United States.
The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve covers more than 56,259 hectares, 13,552 of which are considered the core zone where priority wintering forests for the butterflies …