As we have already explained, one of the works of Sustainable Bolivia is to study biodiversity in the Aquicuana reserve with several purposes, for example to develop ecotourism in the region. And why developing ecotourism in Aquicuana? There are several reasons and here are some of these:
Support local communities
A community-based ecotourism project allows the inhabitants of the two rural communities of the Aquicuana Reserve to become tourist guides and provide services to the visitors they receive. It offers at the same time to the communities the opportunity to play a role in generating the movement of production and exchange of goods and services in the area, and at the same time prevents large entrepreneurs and private agencies from taking advantage of the Reserve without going through the communities.
The benefits for the communities that participate in the development of tourism can be several, and that is the objective of Sustainable Bolivia, such as the reduction of poverty and the more employment opportunities.
Also one reason is to make people discover this type of tourism that is very particular. Ecotourism is increasingly known but still many people do not know what it is and what it entails. Sustainable Bolivia wants to promote and support a community tourism that is always more aware of nature and its wealth. The communities know how to respect their own environment as they live on subsistence agriculture and from the jungle’s resources, and for that reason it is important that they lead the ecotourism project. In addition, the idea is that the ecotourism project can generate additional income to be able, for example, to have guards to conserve and better protect the Reserve.
Raise awareness on its natural resources
Another reason is for people to know about the Reserve’s natural resources and its incredible biodiversity so that to make them understand that we must protect it. The goal of ecotourism in the Aquicuana Reserve is also to allow people passionate about nature to discover and observe the species that live in the reserve. Even spending years there, there will always be new things to discover. This is what Bolivia Sustainable has been studying, the biodiversity of the reserve thanks to the support of the biologist Vincent Vos and volunteers students in biology.