Increased protection for Bolivia’s rainforest

Published 21 February 2024
- By Editorial Staff
The giant otter is one of the endangered species found in the area.

A new protected area of 452,639 hectares of rainforest has been created in the Pando region of Bolivia. This means that up to 26% of the region’s rainforest is now classified as protected.

Bolivia has one of the highest rates of deforestation per capita in the world, with a rainforest deforestation rate four times that of Brazil, relative to its population.

With nearly six million hectares of rainforest, Pando is home to the largest proportion of well-preserved Amazonian forest in the country. In the region, 90% of the forest remains, with protected areas largely created at the municipality level. Successes include the sustainable management of Brazil nut forests, which are also an important economic resource for many local communities. Despite this, Pando is under constant threat from the spread of agriculture and mining activities.

Now a new protected area has been established in Pando, according to Conservation International, an organization involved in the project. The area, known as Gran Manupare, covers eight percent of the region’s total rainforest area. This brings the region’s total protected area to 26 percent.

Home to endangered species

– As a municipality, as peasant and Indigenous communities, we consider it important to conserve our forests for future generations, safeguard our territory, and contribute to the sustainability of our projects. It is important to conserve Pando”, said Jaime Aguirre, mayor of the Sena municipality of Pando.

Like other parts of the Amazon, Gran Manupare is rich in biodiversity and is home to endangered species such as the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) and the large-leaf mahogany (Switenia macrophila). The jaguar (Panthera onca), the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) and the blue-headed macaw (Primolius couloni) are also present in the area.

The project was carried out with the help of the Municipality of Sena and the organization CIPCA, with financial support from the project Our Future Forest – Vital Reserves, Bezos Earth Found, Andes Amazon Fund and also the Swedish Embassy.

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