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Potential Use of Land Trust Mechanisms for Conservation on the Mexican-U.S. Border

Elisa Corcuera, Frederick Steiner, Subhrajit Guhathakurta


Land trusts have been widely recognized as a successful method for preserving agricultural land, historic buildings, scenic views, trails, wetlands, and wildlife areas of biological importance in the United States. In Mexico, such land trusts are practically unknown. In the Mexican-U.S. border region, where landscapes are rapidly deteriorating and habitat is disappearing at an alarming rate, private conservation might prove an invaluable asset as a complement or alterna tive to slow-developing intergovernmental conservation agreements. This paper examines the main issues for the applica tion of land trust mechanisms in Mexico and concludes that, in spite of limita tions, it is an alternative of great promise and potential.

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