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The fire of the Amazon

The Amazon is known as the lungs of our planet, since 20% of the oxygen in the atmosphere is thanks to this large area of ​​forests and rainforests. It is so immense and with such biodiversity, that 25% of the world’s species are found in the Amazon. It is so important also because it is the main climate regulator in South America. That means, any degradation is another point for climate change. The trending topic of the week: The Amazon burns. In Brazil, in Paraguay, in Bolivia. Most of the fires that have occurred in Chiquitania, have been caused by […]Read More »
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September 4th: National Protected Areas Day in Bolivia

Bolivia, one of the 15 most mega-diverse countries on the planet, has a National Protected Areas System with 22 national protected areas covering over 15% of its national territory. In addition, and complementary to the national system, Bolivia also has departmental, municipal and private protected areas. Working closely with Aquicuana Reserve, in the Beni department of Bolivia, we wanted to go back on the importance of those protected areas … (especially at these times at risk).  Background information:  Bolivia’s National Protected Areas System aims at conserving the natural and cultural patrimony of the country, and improving the quality of life […]Read More »
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Teen pregnancy in Riberalta

One of the situations that was the most striking for me in Riberalta was to see girls with babies in their arms. Many times, I thought they were girls taking care of their little brothers and sisters, but when I saw them breastfeeding, I understood they were their children. Teen pregnancy rate in Bolivia is high. According to the most recent studies, 18% of teenagers (15 to 19 years old) in the country are pregnant or already mothers. That is a rate of 88 young women giving birth per thousand women.   However, in the department of Beni there is […]Read More »
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The challenge of introducing First Aid in a two-wheeled city

Motorbikes, motorbikes, motorbikes and even more motorbikes. Walking? No. It’s the first observation that caught my attention when I arrived in Riberalta. The fascinating natural wealth of the Bolivian Amazon cannot boast of having public transport. However, motorbikes are not just individual transports. In Riberalta, the seat is always optimized, helmets don’t even exist, four-people families share on bike. In addition, it would be interesting to determine whether they use sunglasses to prevent a potential infection in the eye due to the red and dusty roads or to seduce. It is also curious to note that almost all citizens have […]Read More »
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Safari in the Amazons: an adventure in the Pampas del Yacuma

Going to the Pampas of Yacuma was a coincidence of the destiny and turned out to be a “must” on the checklist if you are in the Bolivia. I had heard about Madidi Park in Rurrenabaque, but never about this hidden gem in the depths of Santa Rosa del Yacuma, a small city located about 8 hours from Riberalta (with the roads here, everything is relative as to the distances). This municipal protected area was created in 2007 and covers a bit more than 616, 000 hectares, a huge Bolivian savanna with a great biodiversity of species that live in […]Read More »
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Process Over Product

  The presence of creative expression in ones life can make a difference in almost all aspects of their life experience. How one feels emotionally and even physically can be changed through the process of making art. The physical motion of manipulating a pencil, crayon, or paintbrush is enabling youth to practice and refine motor schools. Art can effetely help to teach other subjects such as math, reading, and writing. Beyond that, creative expression through art making can boost self confidence and encourage creative and independent thinking, as well as encourage young people to have the ability to process their world […]Read More »
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Endangered species in Riberalta

Being in Riberalta since February of this year, my interest for the protection of the local biodiversity has grown continuously. Today, I wanted to share with you my concern for the endangered animals living in the jungle: what are those  animals, what are the risks and what are our actions, as volunteers of Sustainable Bolivia, working within Aquicuana Reserve, to contribute to their protection. The existence of the Reserve holds importance because of its high biodiversity and the fact that it is home to a number of endangered species. We can classify them in two different scales of risk; the […]Read More »
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