Indigenous governance of natural resources in Bolivia

Term: October 2008-September 2009

Funding: USAID-Translinks

Project contacts: PI: Susana Lastarria, Communications director: Kurt Brown

Participating institutions: LTC, Wildlife Conservation Society.

Summary: In the dry tropical forests in southeastern Bolivia, the indigenous Isoso Guaran? successfully lobbied the Bolivian government for co-management of the Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco National Park, and for the establishment of a indigenous territory adjacent to the park. Dr. Lastarria worked with a team from Wildlife Conservation Society to document the growing influence of indigenous women in the governance of natural resources for sustainable economic development. Because gender issues vary greatly across communities and cultures, gender analysis is crucial for understanding power dynamics, resource access and control, decision-making, and participation in civil society. The team?s comprehensive report will help inform the indigenous group?s next five-year management plan.

Photo of shampoo bottles

Indigenous womens' groups in Bolivia implement small-scale commercial projects using natural resources in the protected area that the community co-manages.