Bolivia

Through our forestry project in Bolivia we are helping to restore forest and to promote sustainable land use and better socio-economic conditions.

Status: Current project

Climate resilient agroforestry in the Bolivian lowlands

Trees for All has planted native tree species for sustainable land use in the ArBolivia project since 2008. More than 1100 farmers have joined the project so far. The project area is located in the deforested parts of the Bolivian lowlands and combines planting native trees with coffee and cacao. Through this project it is possible to compensate for CO2.  

Why is the ArBolivia project needed?

In recent decades large swathes of Bolivia’s natural forest have been laid waste. A major driver behind deforestation are local food needs of Bolivians that migrated from the Andes to the lowlands. Intensive slash and burn agriculture has exhausted the soil, prompting farmers to chop down more and more forest to create farmland. This deforestation has generated a whole new set of problems, including the erosion of fruitful soil and the disappearance of a fantastic habitat for animal species under threat.

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What are we doing?

To halt further deforestation Trees for All has worked together with local farmers for the last ten years to enrich their farms with native trees. These plots are established on degraded plots as agroforestry, a mix of sustainable forest and agriculture. The chosen species are resistant to the expected consequences of climate change. That way, we are contributing to increased carbon storage, more sustainable land use and an improved economic situation for farmers and their families. Moreover, through their participation in the ArBolivia project the farmers won’t need to cut extra forest in the future. The income generated by carbon credits is used to train farmers in sustainable management of their lands and plant more agroforestry plots.

This project of Trees for All contributes to several
Sustainable Development Goals

1. No Poverty
8. Decent work and economic growth
13. Climate action
15. Life on land

Where are we planting?

The planting takes place in four different departments in Bolivia: Santa Cruz, La Paz, Beni and Cochabamba.

Our partners

The project is sustainably managed by our Bolivian project partner, Sicirec, in close cooperation with the farming families. Sicirec has coordinated the ArBolivia project since 2007, Trees for All has been partner of this valuable project since 2008. Sicirec is committed to ethical investments in agroforestry and climate compensation, with the main aim of countering deforestation in the Amazon through a holistic approach. Since 2007, 1,100 farmers have participated in the project.

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“Smallholder farmers are often regarded as the cause of deforestation. We show that it is precisely those farmers who are the first to experience the effects of deforestation, and as soon as they get the chance they are prepared to tackle big climate problems by planting trees.”

— Anko Stilma, Dutch forestry expert and one of the initiators of project ArBolivia
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