859 Suipacha, Tarija
Ansprechpartner: Gloria Casal Rocabado
ARBOLANDO, which means planting trees, is a grassroots non-governmental organization working in the department of Tarija in southern Bolivia. ARBOLANDO's mission is to reverse erosion and desertification by restoring ecological processes and environments within watersheds. It does this through public education and awareness-raising and by mobilizing people living in the department of Tarija. It believes, that by improving its environment it can ultimately improve living conditions and quality of life.
Its principle objective is, to promote the integrated development of its communities, taking into account productive, environmental and human (formation and capacity-building) elements. The organization achieves this by:
- starting with the resources, initiative and strength it has within its communities to create solutions to rural and urban problems,
- developing projects that allow it to make a more effective use of its systems of production and improve the management of soil, water and vegetation,
- creating relationships locally, regionally and internationally, that permit it to reflect upon and learn form one another's experiences, to share resources and to work collectively toward a form of development in line with its economic, social and ecological means,
- improving education and the capacity, to think critically about agricultural consumption and production, that depends on a high use of chemicals and products harmful to its health and to the environment.
To achieve its objectives, it has four programs:
- clean rivers: a program for the protection and management of watersheds,
- conserving life: a program for the development of organic agriculture,
- a tree for life: a reforestation program,
- changing our attitudes: a program for education and awareness raising.
Its main activities include: workshops for community groups, high schools and elementary schools in urban and rural areas; campaigns and procedures to enforce existing environmental legislation; promoting meetings and gatherings that further community involvement; management of requests and petitions to government authorities.
For other net participants we can offer expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.