"BEBIDAS ALCOHÓLICAS, BEBIDAS ALCOHÓLICAS ELABORADAS A PARTIR DE AGAVÁCEAS. ESPECIFICACIONES, MÉTODOS DE PRUEBA E INFORMACIÓN COMERCIAL".
“BEBIDAS ALCOHÓLICAS - BEBIDAS ALCOHÓLICAS ELABORADAS A PARTIR DE AGAVÁCEAS - ESPECIFICACIONES, MÉTODOS DE PRUEBA E INFORMACIÓN COMERCIAL”.
A forester’s perspective
Enrique Riegelhaupt and Teresita Arias Chalico
Mexico has recently taken significant steps towards promoting the bioenergy sector. Adoption of bioenergy is perceived as an opportunity to develop alternatives to fossil fuels, to foster economic development and to meet international commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. However, such opportunities are accompanied by concerns such as the effect of biofuel production on deforestation rates – concerns that may be addressed through policy instruments and proper program design. Therefore, this country report contains an analysis of the legal and institutional frameworks related to Mexico’s bioenergy sector.
The relationship between biofuel development and tropical deforestation is complex. It is difficult to detect direct links and to quantify these at the global level, due to limited data availability. These limitations include: the lack of time series data on deforestation at sufficient resolution on the global scale; the lack of information on the geographical location of biofuel cultivation areas; much of the deforestation related to biofuel cultivation being indirect through displacement of other agriculture; much of the biofuel cultivation being very recent; and, that many biofuel feedstocks are multipurpose (biofuels often represent only a small proportion of larger food and fodder production systems).