Archive for the 'Environment' Category

Flooding Affects Cobija and Environs

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

At least 634 families have been affected by flooding from the Acre and Tahuamanu rivers in the Cobija and Bolpebra municipalities, in Pando department. The Bolivian government has declared the area a disaster zone and declared a departmental emergency. Due to the severity of the situation, with the Acre River still rising and potentially threatening [...]

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Airforce Flies Conisur Marchers Home

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Members of the Conisur march in favor of an Amazonian highway have flown home in three flights provided by the Bolivian air force. Secretary of the San Ignacio de Moxos Regional Workers Center (COR), Walter Colque, said that he was satisfied that the government had listened to their demands and announced that they were flying [...]

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Morales Agrees with Conisur Marchers and Pushes for Highway

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

President Evo Morales yet yesterday with the leaders of the Conisur march who want to abolish the recently passed Ley Corta, or Short Law in which the government “forever” renounced its plan to build a Brazilian-funded highway through this protected Amazonian Nationan Park and Indigenous homeland. Conisur represents 21 of the 60 mostly indigenous community [...]

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Amazon Road Construction Resumed at $2.18 Million Per Mile

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Bolivia’s Minister of Planning, Viviana Caro said today that Brazilian company OAS will continue building segments I and III of the infamous Amazon highway that the Bolivian government had agreed not to build after a march by indigenous protestors. Now, just three months after President Evo Morales agreed to demands that the would not be [...]

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Flooding in Santa Cruz and Trinidad

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Intense rains have left streets and homes in outlying neighborhoods of Santa Cruz and Trinidad under water according to regional authroities. The Santa Cruz representative of Neighborhood Committees, Abad Lino, said that people are walking “with water up to their necks” because of the recent days of rain. Many poor neighborhoods have no sewers or [...]

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Indigenous Leaders Declare Emergency as MAS Votes for Amazonian Highway

Friday, January 13th, 2012

The main group representing lowland and Amazonian indigenous peoples in Bolivia, CIDOB, has declared an emergency as the government-controlled legislature prepares to consider modifying the “Ley Corta” or Short Law passed to protest Isiboro Securé national park from a planned highway through it. Coca growers from Chaparé have marched to the capital, demanding that the [...]

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Spanish Newspaper names TIPNIS leader as top 100 of 2011

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

The Spanish newspaper El País named Bolivian indigenous leader Fernando Vargas as one to the top 100 most important people of the Hispanic world of 2011. Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales, was not included on the list, nor were any other Bolivians. El Pais describes Vargas as “The Indian that turned to face Evo Morales.” Other [...]

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U.N. Bolivian Poverty and Education-Level Report Unveiled

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In Bolivia, more than half of the population—around 5.2 million people—live in poverty, and 2.7 million of those people live in extreme poverty. This data was contained in a 2011 report about human development from the United Nations Development Program, presented yesterday in the Bolivian foreign ministry. It recommended that Bolivia improve its policies against [...]

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Amazonian Highway Work Halted

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Construction on segments 1 and 3 of the Amazonian Highway, has finally ceased weeks after the government promised to suspend all activity. The government has not been paying its agree-upon disbursements of money to the Brazilian construction company and the workers have declared a state of emergency. Representatives of the Bolivian Highway Administration (ABC) denied [...]

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Coca Growers Will Pay No Taxes

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Juanita Ancieta, the president of the coordinating committee of the Six Federations of the Cochabamba Tropics, said yesterday that they do not agree with any ideas or plans of taxing coca production. Ancieta said that they would certainly support the Bolivian state, but just no through taxes, and that the government should look for some [...]

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