Deforestation and reforestation in Bolivia: A thought experiment


By: Lykke E. Andersen* Within the Bolivian government, there are parts that encourage a massive expansion of the agricultural frontier, and other parts that work to control deforestation in order to reduce the local and global impacts of climate change. These are pretty much opposing policies, so consider the following …

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Bolivia’s Joint Mitigation and Adaptation Mechanism in the limelight

Thanks to the collaboration of Candido Pastor, Wilberth Tejerina and Edil Tellez, we had a very interesting program centered on the eco-tourism potential of the lowlands of La Paz. Photo credit: GLP films/IDRC

During the first week of September 2014, the California-based film company GLP films came to Bolivia to make a video about the Joint Mitigation and Adaptation Mechanism for the Integral and Sustainable Management of Forests and Mother Earth, which is Bolivia’s alternative to the international REDD+ mechanism to reduce deforestation …

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Deforestation reduced – mission accomplished or too good to be true?


By: Lykke E. Andersen* During the last decade, Bolivia had one of the highest per capita deforestation rates in the World (1). Apart from this being decidedly unkind to Mother Earth and exacerbating problems of wild fires, droughts and flooding in Bolivia, this also caused Bolivians to be among the …

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¿POR DISEÑO O POR CASUALIDAD? Los Bosques y el desarrollo agrícola de Bolivia


By: Juan Carlos Ledezma* La zonificación agroecológica y socioeconómica (ZAE) comenzó a aplicarse en Bolivia desde el año 1996 con la promulgación del Plan de Uso del Suelo (PLUS) del departamento de Santa Cruz. Este instrumento de planificación reconoce la vocación productiva de la tierra y acuerdos entre los usuarios …

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Modeling as a Tool for Planning


By Roberto Telleria What are the determinants of wellbeing, and how can they be influenced by policies? As pointed out by experts such as John Helliwell, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) (Helliwell, 2002), Professor Richard Easterlin of the University of Southern California (Easterlin, 2001) and Christian …

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Why and How We Should Preserve Forests: Synergies Between Logging and Forest Conservation


By Teresa de la Fuente The benefits that humans obtain from forest ecosystems are numerous. Forests provide goods such as timber, paper, food (mushrooms, honey, roots, fruits, edible leaves, etc.), medicine, and fuel wood, as well as cash income and jobs in the industrial forest sector and ecotourism. Forests also …

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Taking stock of REDD seven years after Stern

Charles Palmer

By Dr Charles Palmer* The release of the Stern Review in 2006, which looked at a wide range of evidence to estimate the cost of a changing climate, was an important milestone in our understanding of the economics of climate change. It made a convincing economic case for protecting the …

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Making people more prosperous with forests than without


By Jonah Busch* Tropical forests store carbon that regulates the global climate. They provide clean water to farms. They shelter a dizzying range of unique plants and animals, and are a source of life-saving medicines. These services are enjoyed by people all over the world, for which they are sent …

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5 Games and Apps to Change the World


By Ioulia Fenton* Whether it is family Trivia Pursuit at Christmas, Words with Friends on the android phone, or Second Life on a P.C., everyone likes to play games. They are challenging, fun, and constitute a healthy source of friendly competition. However, as Jane McGonigal, an American game designer, argued …

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Meet the SimPachamama team

Participants at the SimPachamama workshop near Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, April 2012. Includes Teresa de la Fuente, Charles Palmer, Esther Lopez, Joaquin Mayorga, Pablo Ruiz, Diana Weinhold, Ben Groom, Lykke Andersen, Juan Carlos Ledezma.

All this month, INESAD has published posts related to climate change, gaming, and deforestation to support the launch of the didactic game SimPachamama where the player becomes the mayor of an Amazonian town and has to balance policy priority to reduce deforestation while increasing community wellbeing. Today, we’d like you …

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