Morelia, Michoacán.- The governor of Michoacán, Silvano Aureoles Conejo reported that the entity was positioned this 2019, in the second place nationally in fires, however he stressed that despite this, the number of affected areas was decreased compared to other years.
In data shown at press conference, it was disclosed that in 2016 the state ranked fourth around surface affected by claims, while for the current year, Michoacán dropped to thirteenth position.
The state representative mentioned that in the last three years the damage to soils and aquifers has led to the reduction of wooded areas, which also leads to a decrease in the production capacity of wood.
Other factors in addition to those mentioned above are illegalland use change, clandestine logging and arson.
Despite efforts to prevent fires and change of use, neither municipalities nor states are responsible for prosecuting these crimes, as they are federal competence, that is why there is no research folder.
Aureoles Conejo said that civil society has increasingly added to the recovery of wooded areas with the implementation of reforestation campaigns, yet only 30 percent of new plantations survive.