A worker inspects a lorry loaded with valuable timber before leaving the logging area at Chetumal in Quintana Roo. Tropical timber production is being increased under FAO's plan to improve management of national forestry resources. - - FAO Assists Tropical Forestry Production. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) helped Mexico to develop a pilot plan for improving the management of valuable cedar and mahogany resources in Quintana Roo, one of the least developed states of Southern Mexico. FAO provided consultants through its Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) to help establish tropical nurseries, plantations and industries, and training in tropical logging methods. The plan evaluated local agro forestry practices, sought to integrate forestland use with public lands, and helped adapt the national forest management programme to tropical zones and to the needs of local farming communities. The plan also seeks to conserve natural fauna, reduce soil erosion and to reduce rural population migration by creating community industries such as reforestation projects and coffee cultivation and to reduce destructive slash and burn agriculture, and to introduce alternate energy resources, including biogas production.