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Decision-makers Workshop: Developing Economic Analysis Capacity for the Conservation of the Southern Tropical Andes

This Project was launched with a workshop aimed at decision-makers from Bolivia and Peru, held in August 2009 in Lima. The purpose of this workshop was to familiarize representatives from both countries with the tools that economic analysis provides to conservation practice, and to get their feedback on economic research priorities for their on-the-ground conservation programs in southeastern Peru and northern Bolivia. Participants included representatives from government, NGOs and cooperation agencies in both countries.

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Sugar Cane in the Bolivian Amazon

Over the past three decades, the Amazonian region in northern Bolivia has experienced a process of agricultural colonization in formerly pristine forestlands.

Forest conversion for agricultural projects is the basis of several national and local government development schemes. As of 2008, the most prominent development proposal in the region involved building a sugar mill and planting more than 20,000 hectares of sugar cane. However, consensus was lacking on whether and how such a project should be implemented, due in part to the absence of any rigorous feasibility studies.

Valoración económica de recursos naturales en Áreas Protegidas de Bolivia/Economic Valuation of Natural Resources of Bolivian Protected Areas

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Capacitación en Negociación Ambiental

Un entrenamiento para profesionales decisores en conservación y manejo de recursos naturales

América Latina se encuentra envuelta en una creciente conflictividad socio-ambiental, y en muchos casos las instituciones públicas y los actores sociales tienen capacidades limitadas para responder de forma adecuada y efectiva a los conflictos.

Tomando en cuenta esa realidad, Conservación Estratégica, con la colaboración de la Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano y el auspicio de la Fundación Gordon y Betty Moore, convoca a representantes de organizaciones de conservación, comunidades locales, y de entidades públicas a un Curso de Capacitación en Negociación Ambiental, a llevarse a cabo del 17 al 22 de agosto del presente año.

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Economic Benefits of Madidi National Park

There is much debate over whether natural protected areas restrict economic development or enable it. In this study we assessed the local economic benefits provided by Madidi National Park & Natural Area of Integrated Management, one of Bolivia’s largest protected areas, and also one of the most important globally for biodiversity conservation. We applied this analysis approach previously for Amazonian protected areas near Manaus, Brazil.

Economics of a Road Through Madidi National Park

Rural roads are frequently associated with economic development, but they are often implemented without consideration for their economic feasibility also called "efficiency." The terms feasibility and efficiency describe investments whose benefits are, at a minimum, greater than their costs. When such criteria are ignored, road projects are funded by governments with no clear expectations of increasing the overall wealth of the country. In fact, they often bring considerable economic losses when accrued benefits do not offset large costs involved with road improvement or construction.

Roads and protected areas in northern Bolivia Amazon

Road projects in the Amazon Basin are seen by some people as required elements for economic development, but they can come with a host of social and environmental disadvantages. These include the destruction of forests and other natural habitats, the loss of biodiversity, the spread of human diseases, displacement of indigenous and non-indigenous communities and the concentration of landholdings. Studies that consider and integrate the varied effects of road projects can point to those investments that best achieve, and, to the extent possible, reconcile economic, environmental and social goals.

Roads and Dams in Madidi and Pilón-Lajas, Bolivia

The region of Northwest Bolivia where the Andes meet the Amazon plain is considered by some to be a rich natural treasure and by others to be under-developed. In 1995, the Bolivian government officially protected 1.8 million hectares of rain forest, cloud forest, rare deciduous forest and an array of plant and animal species nearly unsurpassed in the world's nature reserves.

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