Mirna Echave reports for La Prensa:
PEOPLE INHABIT IN TOWNS LOCATED OVER 3,500 METERS [above sea level]
ALMOST 2.9 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN HIGH MOUNTAIN
The Government made a diagnosis on the mountainous area of Bolivia.
In Bolivia, 2.9 million people live at locations above 3,500 meters above sea level, according to the Prime Diagnostic Mountain Area, prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the study, one third of the country is mountainous, which besides having potentially productive activities, deterioration caused by human activity is observed.
The diagnosis was developed in implementation of the project Strengthening Participatory Management for Sustainable Development in the Andes, powered by FAO.
DATA. The mountainous part of the country represents something more than a third of the total area of Bolivia and covers parts of seven of its nine departments except Beni and Pando, according to the study by Omar Rocha Olivio. [well, it’s worth noting that Bolivia has been “known” abroad as a high altitude country, when in fact only a third belongs to that category; what is true however, is that from the colony time until now, the highlands were the most populated and the place where most of our history was written, and took place… that has changed.]
Among the issues addressed by the research, the sociocultural dimension and its demography, which states that nationwide, 54 percent of the population (5.4 million people) live in mountainous areas is detailed. Of these, 2,935,643 million live in towns located above 3,500 meters to 4,500, which occurs primarily in regions of La Paz, Potosí and Oruro. There are also 1,844,328 people living between 2,550 and 3,500 meters above the sea. Diagnosis discusses details of the terrain, the various ridges and mountains of the country and provides details of the Andean region, the most important summits, land use, water resources, biodiversity, wetlands and economic activities, the use of coca, among others. [what this government fails to acknowledge is that the “use” of coca to produce pasta and cocaine has grown disproportionately since the coca-grower leader took office… dozens of towns country-wide were “discovered” as being immersed in the cocaine production and commercialization of the drug and/or tits precursors…]
STUDY RECOMMENDS TO CREATE AN INTER WORK COMMITTEE AROUND THE MOUNTAIN AREAS OF THE COUNTRY.