MacArthur grantee The Nature Conservancy and its partner PROMETA contributed to plans to protect more than two million acres in the Bolivian Andes. In January, Bolivians voted to accept a new constitution including a provision that allows municipalities to create and manage protected areas. In advance of the vote, Foundation grantees trained decision-makers and technical personnel in 52 municipalities to fulfill their now legally mandated role as land-use planners, managers, and conservators of biodiversity. As a result, 11 of the participating municipalities have developed plans for protected areas. The project also created a virtual platform that serves as a forum for information, training, and the promotion of conservation and environmental initiatives to all 327 municipalities in Bolivia. The Andes are among the geographic priorities for the Foundation’s conservation and sustainable development grantmaking.

Conservation & Sustainable Development, Conservation, Latin America