Integrated Development and Conservation in the Bolivian Amazon Project

Completed Project
Project Countries: Bolivia
Thematic Issues: Climate Change and Natural Resource Management, Economic Growth
Project Duration: 2009 to 2013
Approximate Funding: $12,300,000

The main purpose of the Integrated Bolivian Amazon Project is to provide direct support to promote protection, conservation and sustainable use of the region’s biodiversity and environmental goods and services; increase incomes and promote economic growth through sustainable use of biodiversity; strengthen participatory local governance to improve environmental management; and strengthen the capacity of national and sub-national government institutions to develop policies and technical tools that promote biodiversity conservation, mitigate the impacts of climate change and support sustainable economic development. The project focuses on 6 municipalities in Northern La Paz-Beni, and Santa Cruz selected for the importance of their biodiversity, their relatively high population densities and their interest and willingness to promote sustainable economic development.

Objectives

  • Strengthen local and municipal governance to improve biodiversity conservation efforts, environmental management, and increase resilience to climate change.
  • Promote economic growth and increase incomes of local and indigenous communities and producer groups through sustainable use of natural resources, land-based production systems and improved commercialization and marketing links for related goods and services.
  • Seek opportunities to scale-up the project’s results to regional and national levels.

Outcomes

  • More than 630,526 hectares of biological significance under improved natural resource management. Support provided by the project includes biodiversity conservation of 29 forestry species and 17 fauna species in a total area of 1.4 million hectares.
  • More than 450,000 hectares under forestry management plans through 12 community forestry organizations.
  • More than 6,700 people benefited directly from natural resources and biodiversity management activities.
  • More than 1,700 direct and indirect jobs generated and more than $720.000 in sales.

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