Cactus conservation in Bolivia

Providing scientific support for conservation in Bolivia’s dry inter-Andean valleys.

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15 Jun 2010

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Cactus scrub in Pulquina, Bolivia

Cactus scrub at Pulquina (Image copyright: William Milliken/RBG Kew)

In the municipality of Comarapa in Bolivia, a new protected area has been established to conserve an area of dry forest particularly rich in cactus species.

Kew has been working with local partners to support the establishment of this reserve, helping to develop a management plan based on a sound understanding of the local vegetation. The work has involved species inventories, vegetation mapping and training of local people.

The report submitted to the municipal authorities has helped to identify conservation priorities, appropriate management techniques and opportunities for sustainable use of native plants. Posters distributed throughout the region have helped to raise awareness of the importance of conserving local biodiversity.

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