Landlocked Bolivia is the world’s 28th-largest country, at 400,000-plus square miles. It’s topography is characterized by western highlands (situated in the Andes), eastern lowlands (including Amazon rainforest) and the world’s largest salt flat in its southwest corner. Despite its wealth of natural resources, Bolivia is one of the poorest and least-developed Latin American countries.
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The Nature Conservancy joined dancers and musicians in the colorful Gran Poder Festival parade to celebrate a landmark agreement to preserve the forests and waters of La Paz.
Photographer Steffen Reichle, a Nature Conservancy biologist working all over South America, has captured lots of close-ups of reptiles and amphibians.
Bolivian government and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) created the Bolivia Sustainable Forest Management Project, known as BOLFOR in 1993.