La Paz, Bolivia May 25 2013.- Drinking water in La Paz is mainly provided by the Lacustre and Amazonas watersheds. Recently, climate change, poor natural resources management and deforestation are having an adverse effect on the quality and quantity of freshwater supplies, whilst destroying valuable forests.
To stop this decline and to protect the watersheds on which local communities depend, Bolivia’s Vice-minister of the Environment, Juan Pablo Cardozo, and the Folklorist Association of the Gran Poder Festival, signed an agreement aimed at conserving the forests and waters in the province of La Paz and encourage the protection of nature.
One of the highlights of the agreement includes the promotion of a Water Fund to help improve the management and protection of watersheds and secure the water resources which supply clean, fresh water to cities, besides restoring its surrounding forest and natural areas.
The Nature Conservancy joined the brightly attired dancers and musicians to celebrate this key agreement that will advance our watershed conservation work in the country. Conservancy staff participated in the Gran Poder Festival parade carrying placards promoting the conservation of nature.