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What is It?

ArBolivia is an alternative business initiative to promote reforestation and fair trade. The initiative seeks practical solutions to worldwide increasing deforestation, climate change, and poverty in development countries.

ArBolivia will reforest 6,000 hectares in the subtropical lowlands of the Amazon Basin in Bolivia through small-scale forestry plantations with local farm families, using almost entirely native tree species. It includes the on-farm establishment of ecological corridors, protective plantations as well as sustainable agricultural land use.


The initiative is the first in its kind to implement reforestation through an association between local smallholders and outside ethical investors. To alleviate the initial investments, financial revenues are obtained as well through Environmental Services, given that every tree planted contributes to the environment and the conservation of soils, watersheds and biodiversity.


Through this line of finance, ArBolivia becomes lucrative and viable for both the smallholders and the investors.

 

Why?

The project areas have been and continue to be severely deforested over the last thirty years as a result of the extensive use of shifting cultivation for annual cropping and livestock holding. In return ArBolivia offers a profitable alternative to the clearing of primary forests, combining livelihood improvement of participating farmers with environmental preservation

 

When?

The project started in August 2007 following an extended period of research and development dating back to 1995 and has an estimated cycle of about forty years.


 

Almendrillo

Almendrillo

Almendrillo, also known as camuru, is a long term tree specie that can be planted in combination with other medium term tree species such as, Tejeyeque, Palo Román y Palo Yugo (Crespito).The planting distance used is 3 x 3 metros and in one hectare a total of 1,111 plants are used. In a combined plantation the following plant numbers are

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Cattle production and grazing systems

Cattle production and grazing systems

The cattle farming in the settlers area bordering the Biosphere reserve and communitarian grounds Pilon Lajas can be categorized within the most desired production systems of the migrant farmers. For a lot of the settlers in this area, these days the cattle production systems represent an essential element of their farming systems.