Daily Archives: July 8, 2015

Environmental Sustainability Issues in Bolivia

This excerpt, from the Foundation for Sustainable Development has to serve us to sit and reflect over our future:

Environmental Sustainability Issues in Bolivia

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 2.07.25 PMOne of the most pressing environmental sustainability concerns in Bolivia is soil erosion from overgrazing and poor cultivation methods, including slash and burn agriculture. Over the past few decades, use of chemical fertilizers and overexploitation of renewable resources has all but destroyed the sustainability of agricultural lands in the Cochabamba region by creating a gaping deficit between nutrients added and nutrients taken from the soil. Due to the very poor soil quality, local agricultural communities surrounding Cochabamba produce consistently low crop yields year after year, afflicting the health of local farmers, their children, and the land they live on.

Other environmental sustainability concerns facing Bolivia include deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and industrial pollution of water supplies used for drinking and irrigation. Overuse of natural capital to meet short-term economic needs along with population pressures has left the country depleted of resources that traditionally supported the vast majority of its citizens.