The publication of the action plans for the conservation of jaguar (Panthera onca), Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus), Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) and pink river dolphin (Inia boliviensis) is the culmination of research and planning work undertaken by WCS and several scientific institutions in the country, in coordination with the General Directorate of Biodiversity and Protected Areas (DGBAP) of the Ministry of Environment and Water (MMAyA). Inplementation of these action plans has been aproved by Administrative Resolution VMABCCGDF No. 049 dated October 22nd of 2020.
The four action plans synthesize updated scientific information on the natural history of species, their behavior, their conservation status, their distribution and population abundance, as well as their ecological and socio-cultural importance. They present an analysis of the various threats these species face, including the destruction of their natural habitat, poaching, and wildlife traffic.
The action plans of jaguar, Andean bear and Andean condor have been developed considering the priority conservation units identified at a continental or binational level. They take into account the identification of core populations, habitat corridors and protection measures. Protected areas are fundamental for their conservation because they host stronghold populations of these species. In these plans we propose actions for research, conservation and management, regulatory and institutional strengthening, communication, education and awareness, and fund raising and management. They reinforces the need for inter-institutional coordination and social participation to achieve effective results.
Another important effort in wildlife conservation has been the collaboration provided to the DGBAP in the publication of two compendiums of regulations: the Compendium of Instruments for the Regulation of Biodiversity Management and the Compendium of Biodiversity and Protected Areas Regulations, which are structured on the basis of Supreme Laws and Decrees currently in force in Bolivia, and which will be useful for the implementation of policies and strategies for the conservation and management of wildlife, to prevent damage to biodiversity, and control of illegal wildlife trade.