Conservation of threatened species

PROMETA works on conservation initiatives for 4 threatened species in three Biogeographic regions of Bolivia; the Andean Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) and the Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) in the Altiplano, the Chancho Quimilero (Catagonus wagneri) in the Chaco and the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) in the Bolivian Tucumana jungle (Subandino).

Through studies, the presence of these species and an approximation of their conservation status based on the official information of the Red Book of Vertebrate Wildlife of Bolivia. At the same time, technical studies are being carried out for the declaration of three municipal protected areas; two in the department of Potosí and one in the department of Tarija; also, in the region of Chaco Seco, the Natural Reserve “El Corbalán” is working on the declaration of a Peace Park between Bolivia and Paraguay in the territory where the Chaco War was fought in the 1930s.

In the past two years, the work of researcher Ximena Velez, within the framework of the work carried out jointly between the Chester Zoo and PROMETA, won the 2017 Whitley Prize.

Comprehensive watershed management and efficient water use

PROMETA, works on the protection of surface and groundwater sources involving the public, private sector and water users. Our work is carried out in capacity building, conducting technical studies, implementing impact mitigation projects and raising awareness among the population and its authorities, in order to promote practices and policies that allow an integrated management of water resources.

Over the past fifteen years we have contributed effectively to developing practical examples of efficient water use. At the same time, together with local entities, we have worked on global policies and programs regarding the issue. Within the framework of this program, firefighter training actions have been developed forests and a fire prevention system. Finally, PROMETA provides advice to governorates and municipal governments on this issue.

The Sama Mountain Range Biological Reserve (Tarija)

This biological reserve was created by Supreme Decree Nº 22721 on January 30, 1991 to preserve the ecosystems of the protected area, the endangered flora and fauna, the sources of water for the city of Tarija and nearby communities. To preserve the Tajzara basin which is the only RAMSAR site in Tarija, to guarantee the sustainable use of natural resources and improve the quality of life of the population.

It has an area of 108.500 hectares of which about 43% of its area corresponds to Puna grassland and the rest is divided between dry inter – Andean forest and the Tucuman – Bolivian forest

Aguaragüe Mountain Range National Park and Natural Area of Integrated Management (Tarija)

The Aguaragüe was declared a protected area of national interest by the rule of Law Nº 2083, which officially declares it as National Park and Natural Area of Integrated Management. It is located in in the Great Chaco Province, and it occupies three municipalities: Caraparí, Yaciuba and Villamontes of Tarija. The declaration of this site comes to be after hard work raising awareness and education by PROMETA the year 1996, in order to consolidate the area with the population, local and regional decision makers, and in coordination with the Provincial Counsel of Development and the Municipal Association for the Great Chaco Province.

El Corbalán Nature Reserve (Tarija)

The Corbalán Natural Reserve is a conservation unit managed by PROMETA and has an area of 4.778 hectares of which 2.500 are under the legal figure of Private Reserve of the Natural Patrimony, (Reserva Privada del Patrimonio Natural or RPPN), and is legally supported by the Forest Law 1700, and 2.278 hectares are lands under protection. This reserve is located in the Third Section of the Great Chaco Province in Tarija (in the jurisdiction of the Villa Montes Municipality). The reserve contains dry forests, grasslands, glens and a vast concentration of biodiversity due to the water accumulation in its glens.

Environment and Health

PROMETA assumed as an institutional working policy the systemic (holistic) approach, to address the interaction between human activities and the physical, chemical and biological environment in the southern highlands of Bolivia; this is how high Andean livestock (llama, sheep, goats) and their interactions with natural resources (water and native meadows), human health and sanitation were addressed. animal.

This work is coordinated and accompanied by public and private academic entities, and regional and local public entities that have competence in public health, animal health and environmental conservation.

Aguaragüe Mountain Range National Park and Natural Area of Integrated Management (Tarija)

The Aguaragüe was declared a protected area of national interest by the rule of Law Nº 2083, which officially declares it as National Park and Natural Area of Integrated Management. It is located in in the Great Chaco Province, and it occupies three municipalities: Caraparí, Yaciuba and Villamontes of Tarija. The declaration of this site comes to be after hard work raising awareness and education by PROMETA the year 1996, in order to consolidate the area with the population, local and regional decision makers, and in coordination with the Provincial Counsel of Development and the Municipal Association for the Great Chaco Province.

Support and creation of conservation units.

PROMETA, works on the creation and sustainability of conservation units in critical sites. Over the years it has contributed to the development of more than protected areas, of a national, departmental and local nature, in eight of the nine departments of Bolivia.