A business-driven solution to deforestation in Bolivia – Plan Vivo

September 30, 2019

Agroforestry projects that have been active since 2007, established in the tropical regions of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz Bolivia.

The project is a business-driven solution to stop deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. It includes about 2,000 smallholder farmers who plant native hardwood trees on 5,000 acres of land owned by them. The project enables poor farmers to manage their land more sustainably while planting, harvesting and selling native deciduous trees. Not only does this result in reforestation, but it also means that the rainforest is protected against further infestations.


Thanks to the project, smallholder farmers get an extra income as the profits from timber are shared equally between farmers, who own the land and look after the trees and investors, who finance operating costs to ensure that the project does not break even. Although smallholders participate in the project with only a small portion of their property, ArBolivia helps develop a sustainable land use plan for the entire property. In addition, education and advice are important aspects of the project.


1000 hectares, spread over several small plots, are also designed for agroforestry. Here you grow trees in combination of crops, including cocoa, coffee, banana citrus and corn. 1200 hectares is a nature conservation area where woods are preserved.

Ida Åberg

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