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EditPhoto Title:Creating Healthy Sustainable Societies in Bolivia
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Bolivia has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world — and now, new development of roads and other infrastructure could increase pressure on the country’s vast natural resources.

Bolivia has a huge degree of biodiversity. It is considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world. CI is supporting municipalities and indigenous groups with land use plans that lead to natural and sustainably managed landscapes in the municipalities of ​San Buenaventura and Rurrenabaque and neighboring areas. These activities are affecting more than 7 million hectares (a little over 17 million acres) and contributing to the well-being of approximately 60,000 residents.

One of the most biodiverse areas on the planet is located in this region, which ​includes two valuable protected areas: Madidi and Pilon Lajas. The area also has deep cultural significance to the Esse Ejja, Tacana T'simane Mosetene and Uchupiamona indigenous groups. 

Our role

For 25 years, CI has been working in Bolivia, accumulating experience and scientific data on effective conservation strategies based on fieldwork in San Buenaventura and Rurrenabaque. Most recently, we have been promoting compensation schemes for climate change mitigation and adaptation in a new region — Pando, the northernmost area in Bolivia.​ From our successful experiences in the field, we can inform local and national policies and actions. Such policies and actions include sustainable forest management for climate change mitigation and adaptation; environmental accounting; integrated and sustainable land use planning; sustainable tourism; and the promotion of production activities based on respect for nature and culture.

As we continue to support San Buenaventura and Rurrenabaque, neighboring municipalities and the government of Pando to significantly improve human well-being, we encourage government to adopt conservation of natural wealth as the centerpiece of economic development.

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Edit Item Text:From 2007 to 2010, CI supported municipalities and indigenous groups in the development and implementation of land use plans spanning more than 7 million hectares (17 million acres) of municipal territories and 856,000 hectares (2.1 million acres) of indigenous lands — benefiting some 60,000 people. This is the basis for a new approach: the development of healthy and sustainable societies in the Madidi conservation landscape. Over the same period, in the neighboring municipalities of San Buenaventura and Rurrenabaque, CI has supported the creation of three new municipal protected areas encompassing more than 1 million hectares: Pampas del Río Yacuma, Los Santos Reyes and Paramarani.
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Edit Item Text:Based on our experience in the San Buenaventura and Rurrenabaque region, we are promoting other healthy and sustainable society strategies in the Pando region through a program called COMSERBO, inspired by CI’s Socio Bosque program in Ecuador. The program aims to promote community conservation of indigenous lands, avoiding deforestation while promoting human well-being. The program is the first included as a part of the national policy on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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Edit Item Text:CI is successfully supporting ecotourism initiatives such as San Miguel del Bala in the Tacana indigenous territory. This initiative was developed based on our earlier success with the Chalalan Eco-lodge, which was the foundation of a series of successful sustainable businesses in the region, reaching more than 2,000 direct beneficiaries. Based on these successful experiences, CI has promoted ecotourism in Bolivia at the national level by providing input for a new tourism law, announced in September 2012.
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EditImage Alt Text:Sunset in Uyuni Salt Flat with Salt Tiles, Bolivia. © Conservation International/photo by Eduardo Forno
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EditText:Based on work by CI and its partners, the government of Pando will place 1 million hectares (2,471,053 acres) under “compensation for conservation” schemes, improving the quality of life in 100 communities.
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