Conservation and Resource Management
Sustainable Bolivia supports the local communities in Aquicuana in environmental conservation and resource management. We believe that their communities’ well-being is interdependent with that of the surrounding biodiversity and ecosystem, with effects that impact generations to come. Thus, they are a primary stakeholder and participate in planning and designing conservation initiative.
The communities who live in remote villages inside the Aquicuana Reserve depend on the land for food and income throughout the year. The natural environment plays an important role in their health and welfare, which could be threatened by climate change as well as the effects of overfishing, overuse of pesticides, mining and industrial activity – all current environmental threats in Bolivia.
Keeping that in mind, our approach includes:
- Multi-stakeholder collaboration and coordination between all participants: local, communities, the government, and NGOs, and promotes coordination among them.
- Participatory action research – collaborative fact-finding and analysis to generate consensus and action.
- Policy support and law enforcement, which are essential to curbing illegal encroachment leading to ecosystem degradation.
- Collaborative management plans – build shared responsibilities and decision-making among all stakeholders through joint management plans of natural resources. This leads to healthy communities and ecosystems.
- Participatory monitoring and evaluation – promote learning, trust and accountability through monitoring of the natural resource base and application of the management plan.
- Promoting a clean reserve through teaching environmental stewardship in schools
- Reforesting the Reserve
- Advancing knowledge about the Aquicuana Reserve through research