Local governments, communities, and fire brigades in the Beni region of the Bolivian Amazon urgently need your support to effectively fight these fires and preserve protected areas in danger of being permanently destroyed.
In the southern region of the Bolivian Amazon where we work, the vast majority of major fires that we detected last year burned in Amazonian savanna and dry forest ecosystems. Notably, a quarter of these fires burned within protected areas.
Local communities and municipalities are extremely underfunded and cannot fight these fires alone.
In some parts of the Beni region, local fire brigades don’t even have access to water for fighting fires.
Your contributions will directly support our on-the-ground fire prevention and response activities, including purchasing much-needed firefighting supplies and safety gear, mobilizing fire brigades to combat fires in remote regions, and supporting fire-free development and education programs to prevent future fires.
(Shown to the right is a volunteer in the Bolivian Amazon holding fire protection equipment, purchased via donations during the 2019 Amazon fires.