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Rainforest Road Will Have Environmental and Cultural Impacts

Source:  Copyright 2011, Inter Press Service
Date:  September 6, 2011
Byline:  Franz Chávez
Original URL: Status ONLINE

A richly biodiverse rainforest the size of 3,000 soccer fields in central Bolivia will be the first victim of the road planned to run through the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), say environmental activists.

Opponents of the proposed road also fear that it will open up the pristine rainforest nestled between the Isiboro and Sécure Rivers to the expansion of coca cultivation.

The national park, created in 1965, was demarcated in 1990 to cover a total of 12,362 square km, while the 10,910 sq km indigenous territory was officially established in 2009.

The forests and savannahs of TIPNIS extend from the Moxos plains in the northeastern department (province) of Beni to the sub-Andean mountain ranges of Cochabamba, ranging across different environmental strata from lowlands to altitudes of 2,700 metres above sea level.

In September of 2008, the Bolivian Highway Administration (ABC) estimated a total budget of 3.8 ...

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