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Regional Overview of Mexico
Table 28. Types of closed forest and causes of deforestation (%)

Cause/Result

Forest
type

Pasture
  
Agriculture
  
Timber
extraction

Fire
  
Other *
  
Temperate
    coniferous
28 16 5 49 3
Temperate
    broadleaved
28 17 5 47 3
Tropical
    evergreen
58 10 2 22 7
Tropical
    deciduous
57 14 5 7 16
All forests 49 13 4 24 10
* Other causes include forest loss by erosion, road building, etc.
Source: Masera, Ordˇ˝ez and Dirzo (1995).