WWF's work in Bolivia

Caiman yacare (Dryas julia) & Flambeau butterfly in the wild, in the month of June, ... rel=
Caiman yacare (Dryas julia) & Flambeau butterfly in the wild, in the month of June, Pantanal.
© WWF-Canon / Fritz PÖLKING
The objective of WWF Bolivia, the conservation organization, is to contribute to the conservation of the Amazon and the Pantanal, promote and generate sustainable economic opportunities for its inhabitants and Bolivia in general.

Currently, in Bolivia WWF is managing 3 programmes, 2 in the global priority ecoregions Amazon and Pantanal, and 1 thematic programme - the Forest Programme.

1. AMAZON PROGRAMME
The main objective of this programme is to maintain blocks of forest in the Amazon. The programme takes into consideration the variability of the landscape units, connectivity, and forest coverage in such a way that it guarantees the conservation and continuity of these blocks of forests. The programme focuses on the following 3 areas, where it works towards planning for the management and conservation of natural resources:

  • Itenez - Mamore bi-national Corridor (CIM)
  • Amazon forests in Pando
  • Upper Madeira River Basin 


2. PANTANAL PROGRAMME
The main objective of the Pantanal programme is to maintain the good conservation status of one of the world's largest and best-conserved wetlands, the Pantanal, through the promotion of the sustainable use of natural resources, aiming to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.

The programme seeks to accomplish its main objective through: 1) Identifying the impacts and risks associated with climate change for the Pantanal, developing and implementing adaptation strategies; 2) Aiming at sustainable cattle ranching being recognized as a conservation and development option for the Pantanal; 3) Promoting that development options in the Pantanal take into consideration an integral vision in relation to land use changes and its impact on hydro biological pulses; and 4) Aiming at that at least two iron and steel mining companies in the Pantanal watershed insert criteria for environmental responsibility in their corporate policies, with special emphasis on charcoal and liquid waste management.


3. FOREST PROGRAMME
Seeking to support the management and sustainable forest trade and certification, WWF Bolivia is working to strengthen indigenous communities’ capacities for responsible management and trade, seeking also to promote a national preferential demand for wood from well managed forests, links between communities and companies, and the use of forest certification criteria as a planning tool to improve forest management. The geographic area of these actions is the Amazon and the Dry Chiquitano Forest.

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