Bolivia is one of the most biologically diverse countries of the world. It is also one of the poorest countries in South America – although it is currently experiencing strong economic growth. These two facts have created significant challenges for the protection of endangered species and the conservation of forests, alongside efforts to improve prosperity and grow the economy. Projects like this one seek to restore land owned by rural farmers alongside biodiverse regions in the Amazon Basin, simultaneously repairing parts of the ecosystem for habitat and providing sustainable business for local people.
Conservation policy in Bolivia has made strong headway in recent years. In 2009, a national referendum led to an overhaul of Bolivia's constitution. Among its changes are new legal rights for citizens to take part in public policy planning, and to be consulted and informed on decisions that may affect environmental quality and natural resource use. The constitution also establishes the country’s first environmental and agricultural court, giving citizens and communities a forum to air grievances.
PROJECT LOCATION: THE AMAZON BASIN
The Amazon is the world's largest tropical rainforest, spanning 9 countries in total: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. At 6.9 million square kilometers (2.72 million square miles), the Amazon Basin is roughly the size of the 48 contiguous United States and covers around 40% of the South American continent. Approximately 70% of South America's GDP is produced in areas that receive rainfall or water from the Amazon.
The Amazon is home to approximately 40,000 plant species and 1,300 bird species. Planting trees in Bolivia will help conserve and extend habitat for flora and fauna in the Amazon Basin.
Wind is a big problem for farmers in Bolivia. Helping them plant trees as a wind break will protect the soil from erosion and drought. In 2016, around 25,000 drought-fueled fires swept the country.
This project empowers rural families by planting trees on their land, showing them how to care for them, and teaching them the environmental & economic benefits their family and community can enjoy from more trees.
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