Bolivia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world but lacks international guides to its wildlife
Armonía has been working since 2005 on the production of a Birds of Bolivia Field Guide. Bolivia is the sixth richest nation in the world for bird diversity, yet lacks a field guide and a comprehensive inventory of its birds. This means its wealth in avifauna is not well known, and birders often hesitate to embark on birding trips to Bolivia.
It is also one of the poorest nations in South America, with few incentives for sustainable, environmentally friendly development. A national-language field guide to a nation’s bird life greatly increases local people’s awareness of their natural heritage and biodiversity. This leads to better conservation efforts and appreciation of their rich national biodiversity, while unleashing the economic benefits of increased ecotourism.
Achieving this in Bolivia would be a great start, but we believe we can do even more. We have years’ of experience coupling environmental protection and awareness raising with improved livelihoods and living standards for our people. With this vision in mind, we are investing revenue from the book sales into the country’s sustainable development, as well as raising environmental awareness locally, regionally, and nationally.
Sales of the books will fund:
- The production of a companion volume in English and Spanish, a handbook with detailed species accounts for all of Bolivia’s birds.
- Capacity building workshops that will train and educate naturalists and guides in rural areas that have ecotourism ventures, with emphasis on community-based projects.
- Production of regional and local field guides in Spanish to raise environmental awareness nationally and enhance local and regional knowledge.
Natural history guides are usually produced by a commercial publishing house, with book sales mainly benefiting the publishers. There is no direct benefit for the sustainable development of the country covered by the guide, or for biodiversity conservation within its boundaries.
Our vision is different. We believe we can do better.