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WCS supports development of national curriculum for park guards

WCS supports development of national curriculum for park guards
(December 12, 2017) Between October 25th and 27th, 2017, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, a workshop was held to develop the Training Plan for park guards of the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP), within the framework agreement established in 2015 between the National Service of Protected Areas (SERNAP) and the Ministry of Education, with the support of the Italian Agency of Development Cooperation (AICS). Significant progress has been made in the certification of around 180 park rangers and in the design of a plan ...

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WCS scientific contributions in the I Bolivian Congress of Ichthyology

WCS scientific contributions in the I Bolivian Congress of Ichthyology
(December 04, 2017) Bolivia occupies the eleventh place in the world for freshwater fish species diversity (approximately 6% of the total registered so far). Studies on this group have gained real importance in the last decade due to their relevance for food security. The 1st Bolivian Congress of Ichthyology, held between October 26th and 28th, in Cochabamba city, brought together Bolivian ichthyologists to share information on the state of knowledge of fish, threatened species, invasive species presence, and fishi...

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Discovering freshwater stingrays in Bolivia

Discovering freshwater stingrays in Bolivia
(November 20, 2017) Freshwater stingrays are a fish family related to marine stingrays and sharks. The tectonic movements that led to the drift of the South American continent, at different times in its geological history, and the rise of the Andes, probably favored the penetration of some marine species, as is the case of the Potamotrygonidae family. The species of this family are widely distributed in the lowland rivers of the continent. The highest richness is found in the Amazon basin, with 22 out of 31 known s...

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The Llanos de Moxos at the International Meeting of Amazonian Archeology

The Llanos de Moxos at the International Meeting of Amazonian Archeology
(October 30, 2017) Between October 1st and 7th, the IV International Meeting of Amazonian Archeology was held in Trinidad, capital city of Beni Department, Bolivia. Zulema Lehm, a specialist in social issues at Wildlife Conservation Society, gave a keynote speech that opened the meeting attended by more than 70 researchers from different places around the world who are working in the Amazon. Her presentation addressed the landscapes, history, indigenous peoples and cultures of the Llanos de Moxos, one of the most ...

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Special mention to the community biocultural tourism project Pacha Trek 'Walking with the Kallawayas'

Special mention to the community biocultural tourism project Pacha Trek 'Walking with the Kallawayas'
(October 26, 2017) The 2017 Sustainable Tourism Award, convened by the Green Fund and the Latin American Landscape Initiative (LALI), in order to encourage tourism ventures that respect cultural traditions of local communities and their environment, gave a special mention to the Pacha Trek project 'Walking with the Kallawayas', in the category 'Landscape and Community Rural Tourism Projects', in the framework of the VI LALI Forum and the First International Landscape Symposium 'Thinking and Feeling the Landscape',...

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