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Bolivia prepares strategy to face wildfire damage

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 5, 2019
A reforestation plan and the recovery of biodiversity are the measures planned by the Bolivian government to deal with damage caused by wildfires devastating Chiquitania, in Santa Cruz.
Víctor Ezequiel Borda
Wildfire   Víctor Ezequiel Borda
The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Víctor Ezequiel Borda, said they will not sit back and do nothing, unlike previous administrations waiting for international aid.

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In 2004, one of the largest wildfires in the South American country, affecting four million hectares, was registered and the Carlos de Mesa government did not pass the corresponding budget to combat the emergency and simply waited up for foreign cooperation, according to local media.

As stated by Borda, the Bolivian people are aware of those politicians who fail to practice what they preach, unlike the ruling Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), which has prioritized extinguishing the wildfires between Gran Chaco and the Amazon.

He recalled the ecological emergency announced by Bolivian President Evo Morales on August 27, not only to ban the sale, exploitation and commercialization of land in the territories affected by the wildfires, but also to reforest, protect and preserve wildlife and biodiversity.

Bolivia is extinguishing the wildfires in Chiquitania by land and air, using a fire-fighting Boeing 747 Supertanker, 17 helicopters, seven light aircraft, 58 tankers and 260 vehicles to transport brigades and volunteers, as well as 26 ambulances, according to official sources.