Government of Bolivia Denounces Illegal Trade of Flora and Fauna by NGOs

March 18, 2013



The Government Minister Carlos Romero revealed that TIPNIS has become an object of predation illegal activities.

Recently some indigenous leaders pledged 200,000 hectares of forest and subscribed marketing contracts of 1,500 trees and wildlife utilization contracts with NGOs : Earth Rights International, Due Process of Law Foundation and To build Foundation, Amazon Legal Network.

As for the preliminary point of the consultation conducted in the TIPNIS, Minister Romero said that this process is subject to the minimum standards and requirements of the Commission.

Then he clarified that the consultation was made to magistrates of indigenous peoples and was applied in 58 of 69 communities in 11 months. It was 5 months for the consensus procedure and six for the query itself with full respect for the natural organic institutions.

On the alleged violation of the law of intangibility, Romero recalled that the realization of another indigenous march that rejected that condition forced the Bolivian government to conduct prior consultation, as it showed that demand for approval of such standard was not the product of the consensus of the TIPNIS communities.

The Indigenous Territory and National Park Isiboro-Secure (TIPNIS) is a protected area of Bolivia, created as a National Park by Decree 7401 on November 22, 1965 and declared Indian Territory on September 24, 1990, thanks to the claiming struggles of indigenous peoples of the region.

It has approximately 1,236,296 ha (12,363 km ²). It is located between the province of Beni (Moxos province) and Cochabamba (Chapare province).

It has 402 species of flora and estimated that there are 3,000 species of superior plants, in addition to 714 species of wildlife.

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