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From the mountains and deserts of the north to the lush rainforests of the south, Mexico is one of the world’s most environmentally rich and biodiverse countries. Environmentalists who seek to defend these resources have frequently faced violence, with Indigenous communities often experiencing the brunt of this.

In this video explainer the Mexico Institute explores environmental protection in Mexico and the challenges faced by environmentalists in their work to defend the nation's invaluable flora, fauna, and natural resources.

This video was produced by Cecily Fasanella

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The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more