Bolivia: Amazon Basin

  • Bolivia is well-known for being part of the Andes mountain range, but in reality the Amazon Basin covers more than 75% of the territory. This makes Bolivia the most Amazonic country in the world. Unfortunately, we are losing the Amazon Rainforest at alarming rate due to illegal logging, industry, drought, and over-farming in the Basin. This project aims to reforest this unique and precious area, restore nutrients to the soil, and teach local farmers how planting trees can be more valuable than cutting them down.
  • Planting trees in partnership with landowners and community volunteers will help recover the endangered forest ecosystem, ensuring a healthy habitat for hundreds of threatened plants and animal species. This project teaches local farmers and low income families the value of sustainable agroforestry, by planting a combination of high value native hardwood trees and fast-growing trees that provide fruits and foliage for animal feed. Increasing tree cover will also shield the land from high winds, mitigating the impact of erosion and ensuring a long-term source of income and food for the community.
  • Trees Planted Certificate Amazon RainforestA personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Bolivia project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant, depending on the time of year. This project focuses on planting a combination of native high value hardwoods such as Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), IPE (tabebuia), and Curupau (Anadenanthera colubrina); wind breaker species such as Eucalyptus Aceituno Falso (Syzygium cuminii); and cattle feed & hardwood species such as Algarrobo (Prosopis Chilensis) and Moringa (Moringa Olifera - non wood).

DEFORESTATION IN BOLIVIA

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.

Amazon basin map

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. 
 

WHY PLANT TREES?

Amazon frog

Protect habitat for biodiversity

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.

Bolivia soil erosion

Prevent erosion & wildfires

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. 

Bolivia farmers

Support low income families

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.

WANT TO GIVE MORE?

Start a fundraiser

Create an online fundraising page and get your friends & family involved. You can also fundraise on Facebook!
 

Become a regular donor

If once just ain't enough, you can set up a recurring donation to Bolivia or another region of your choice here

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