Austerity measures by Mexico’s populist president have slashed the country’s national park service budget by 75%, sparking fears over the future of the nation’s rich but fragile natural resources as policing efforts run out of funds.
CONANP, which cares for nature reserves, has seen its budget reduced in recent years but the latest cuts could see efforts to defend Mexico’s national parks pushed to breaking point, with little to stop illegal loggers taking over, conservationists say.
“The offices here in the region are being evicted - there’s no money to pay . . .