Bosques de Pamejé has been a protected forest since 1941, but that may soon change if the Valle de Bravo municipal government gets its way.
The venerable protected area is located above Mexico City, forming part of the Cutzamala water storage and production zone for the capital.
In 2015, defying numerous Mexican environmental laws and international standards, local and national politicians changed the usage category of 80 hectares of the reserve from forest and protected area to urban, attempting to pave the way for building luxury-housing developments.
However, several local residents, with the support of the advocacy group Mexicanos Contra la Corrupcion y la Impunidad, filed a motion to stop the development, which was granted in August 2018.
In October, Valle de Bravo filed a challenge, and a judge will decide the ultimate fate of the reserve in January 2019.
Source: Mexicanos Contra la Corrupcion y la Impunidad (advocacy group)