Bolivian protest may prompt green retreat


When the Bolivian government recently forged an agreement with campesino groups to end a blockade of the nation’s roads, the move was described as political capitulation. As details have emerged, environmentalists are warning of a major policy about-face that could put enormous pressure on Bolivia’s tropical lands. In the past decade, the Bolivian government has passed a series of laws promoting sustainable management of forests, lands and protected areas. Though the legislation has not been strictly enforced, it has received widespread support and international acclamation. But Bolivia, South America’s poorest nation, also has experienced deep social tensions exacerbated by recession and coca eradication. In April and September of last year, campesinos protesting free-market economic policies blockaded highways in a bid to force changes... [Log in to read more]

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