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Bolivia has 53 million hectares of natural forest, of which 63% (33.5 million hectares) is used exclusively for forestry purposes, and 8.5 million hectares are under sustainable forest management.

Natural forests in Bolivia have a wide variety of uses, such as wood, food for animals, grazing, recreation, medicine and many others. They are a source of complementary traditional resources for subsistence among rural and indigenous communities in the lowlands. Forest resources are also the foundation of a growing industry, as well as generate employment and income for the state and local governments.

Environmental services

Some of the benefits obtained from the forests include:

  • Maintain pure air, since forests are the most important producers of oxygen and absorbers of carbon dioxide
  • Contribute in producing and purifying drinking water
  • Regulate climate (temperature, rain, solar radiation, humidity)
  • Mitigate extreme climate conditions, such as storms and floods
  • Help conserve medicinal plants and other species yet to be discovered
  • Represent areas of recreation, meditation and spirituality
  • Provide food and shelter to animals and plants
  • Contribute in forming and maintaining soil fertility
  • Help control plagues and diseases
  • Provide resources and raw material to build homes, and thus contribute to generating income.