The Basics

  • 11.05 Million inhabitants
  • Home of the famed Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world
  • Bolivia is among the 15 most biodiverse countries in the world.
  • Recent reports reveal that, between 2010 and 2013, trade in products derived from biodiversity increased by 22%, generating a total value of 1,106 million dollars
  • Strong environmental protection laws such as the Mother Earth

Bolivia adopted the historic Law on the Rights of Mother Earth. This was followed by the adoption of the Framework Law on Mother Earth and Integral Development for Living Well in 2012. These recent laws show the Bolivian government’s commitment to protecting nature and implementing sustainable living solutions.

The Threats

  • Deforestation: Some of the leading threats to Bolivia’s biodiversity and landscapes are agriculture and cattle ranching, illegal logging, oil and gas exploration and development, mining, and infrastructure development.
  • Climate change and water scarcity: Shrinking glaciers, extreme droughts, and management challenges threaten Bolivia’s water supply. As a land-locked country, Bolivia depends on these sources to provide water for its population and for forests to be healthy.
  • Biodiversity Loss and wildlife trafficking: Deforestation is among the main causes of biodiversity loss in Bolivia, as it destroys the habitats species need to survive. One of the biggest threats to the wildlife of Bolivia, and indeed the rest of South America, lies in the animals’ economic value and the worldwide commerce of wildlife trafficking. After the markets for drugs and guns, wildlife trafficking is understood to be the third most valuable illicit commerce in the world, with an estimated value of around $10 billion annually.

Our Solutions

Together with the Bolivian government, local communities, and scientists, we are focused on implementing holistic measures for biodiversity and cultural conservation while mitigating and adapting to a changing climate.

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