Community conservation actions for the Endangered Bolivian spinetail

Monica Beatriz San Cristobal Gonzales

The Inter-Andean dry forest in La Paz and Cochabamba departments of Bolivia is a restricted endemic habitat with many endemic threatened Cacti species. The endemic Endangered Bolivian spinetail is found only in this dry forest habitat.

The forest is threatened by fragmentation for agriculture expansion and by degradation due to unsustainable resource use. We want to identify the most important areas of forest and work with local communities to protect those areas. With outreach and environmental education we want to help the communities develop realistic conservation plans to protect the forest and the Bolivian spinetail.