Bolivia takes leadership on freshwater conservation
Palms on Lake Rogaguado, Bolivia
Bolivia has designated as a Ramsar site the 6.9 million-hectare Llanos de Moxos wetland in northern Bolivia which also provides the headwaters for the WWF priority Madeira River – the major southern tributary of the Amazon River. At an event in La Paz in February with Bolivia’s ministers of Foreign Affairs and Environment, WWF recognized this globally significant conservation commitment as a Gift to the Earth, WWF’s most prestigious award. In total, Bolivia has taken the world lead in designating almost 15 million hectares of wetlands under the Ramsar Convention which protects globally important wetlands. WWF said this demonstrates the government’s support for freshwater conservation – and contributes significantly to the conservation of the wider Amazon basin.
Original article posted: 03.02.14 Updated: 27.02.14