Rapid growth, poor land use strategies, uncontrolled tourism development, and regional and global demand for natural resources are altering the land and seascapes of North and Central America, home to four biodiversity hotspots and the most biologically important desert wilderness areas on Earth. Stretching south from California and its unique chaparral and redwood forests toward Panama through woodlands, deserts, and rain forests, this region is rich in unique and threatened wildlife, such as black howler monkeys, yellow-headed parrots, California condors, and rodents found nowhere else on Earth.
Costa Rica is a trailblazer when it comes to protecting the natural world. It is the first and only tropical country in the world to reverse a decades-long process of deforestation. It was the first to set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2021, and by most estimates, it will be the first to realize this goal.
Mexico is among the most diverse countries on Earth, with the greatest variety of mammals in the region. Now is the time for Mexico to make sustainable economic decisions that benefit its people and wildlife. The stakes are high.