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On August 9th, the Mexican government, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales) published the Marine Use Arrangement for the North Pacific (MUANP; Programa de Ordenamiento Ecológico Marino y Regional del Pacífico Norte). The MUANP, like the General Arrangement before it, organizes Mexico´s territory, identifies priority areas for conservation and is mainly used for planning and defining policy for using the country’s territories and natural resources.…
On August 9th, the Mexican government, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales) published the Marine Use Arrangement for the North Pacific (MUANP; Programa de Ordenamiento Ecológico Marino y Regional del Pacífico Norte). The MUANP, like the General Arrangement before it, organizes Mexico´s territory, identifies priority areas for conservation and is mainly used for planning and defining policy for using the country’s territories and natural resources.…
If polls are to be trusted, Mexico will elect leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador president today. With some polls putting López Obrador at 54 points, and opposing candidates Ricardo Anaya (PAN) and José Antonio Meade (PRI) trailing behind 30 points, López Obrador will likely win in a landslide. As Latin America´s first liberal candidate to likely take an election in the last 10 years and Mexico’s first likely liberal president since Lazaro Cardenas,  many…
If polls are to be trusted, Mexico will elect leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador president today. With some polls putting López Obrador at 54 points, and opposing candidates Ricardo Anaya (PAN) and José Antonio Meade (PRI) trailing behind 30 points, López Obrador will likely win in a landslide. As Latin America´s first liberal candidate to likely take an election in the last 10 years and Mexico’s first likely liberal president since Lazaro Cardenas,  many…
There are few subjects that receive as much resistance as due diligence in the procurement of rural land for mining operations. Often seen as time-consuming and complicated, it is, nonetheless, an essential step in securing land rights and preventing legal conflicts. Land regulation in Mexico is a complicated matter whose regulation favors rural communities. And issues, especially regarding the validity of land use agreements, can jeopardize business operations. Proper due diligence can help detect and…
Land tenancy issues are common in Mexico. This is especially true in rural areas, where most mining operations are located. The legal framework of land, its occupation, and exploitation is a complex and often misunderstood topic. In this post, we will address the history and regulation of land in rural parts of Mexico in the past one hundred years. We will address the issue of community-owned land, the legal changes that allowed private investment in…