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This report analyzes how laws, policies, and administration can be strengthened to combat deforestation in Mexico and better sustain the productivity and integrity of its forested ecosystems. The emphasis of the study is on protection of internationally recognized forest reserves. The study outlines international and domestic law affecting Mexican forests and looks at three case studies. Two of the case studies are reserves with threatened forests: the Monarca Special Biosphere Reserve in the central states of Mexico and Michoacan and the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve in the southern state of Chiapas. The third case study looks at forests managed for timber production in the state of Durango. Finally, the study discusses some options for improving Mexico`s forest laws.