Bolivia is revising its forestry management and restoration programs as a part of the country’s climate change mitigation strategy. In 2022, Bolivia established an interinstitutional Forest Board to implement the country’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and to promote improved decision-making around forests and climate change.
Over the past several years, the World Bank has sponsored analyses focused on the forestry sector and NDCs in Chiquitania, a region of tropical savannas in the Santa Cruz Department in eastern Bolivia, including CSF’s 2022 economic valuation analysis of the environmental functions of Bolivia’s Chiquitano Dry Forests. Based on this and other similar studies, the Forest Board has identified the need to analyze investment options focused on reforestation, restoration, and the sustainable management of forests for the conservation of ecosystems in Chiquitania, Chaco, Yungas, and the inter-Andean forests, among other regions in Bolivia.
Fundación para la Conservación del Bosque Chiquitano (FCBC) and CSF are collaborating to support this work by providing recommendations to the Forest Board for the most effective processes of natural regeneration and the implementation of assisted restoration in priority areas of forests degraded by fires in the regions of Chiquitania and Chaco in the department of Santa Cruz. Our recommendations will include prioritization of intervention levels in priority areas, clear actions to take and an estimation of their associated costs, and an implementation strategy for these regions.
CSF’s goal is to provide key information to support more strategic financing for the recovery and restoration of degraded forest areas, particularly those most affected by forest fires in the last several years.
The (Forest Board) is coordinated by the Plurinational Authority of Mother Earth (APMT) and the Vice Ministry of Environment, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Forest Management and Development (VMABCCYDGF), with participation from the Authority for Supervision and Control of Lands and Forests (ABT), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vice Ministry of Planning and Coordination (VPC), the Vice Presidency (DGGVBP), the National Fund for Forest Development (FONABOSQUE), and the National Service of Protected Areas (SERNAP).
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