The Bolivian government is reviving the controversial plan to build a highway that would divide the Indigenous Territory and National Park known as TIPNIS in two. This jungle constitutes a heritage to defend for Bolivia and the world. Sign the petition asking the Bolivian president to respect the TIPNIS.
Evo Morales explains the road through the TIPNIS
The explanation of Pte. Evo Morales
[mks_highlight color = "# eaeab2 ″]Why is the debate now included to achieve tangibility and the road that runs through it?
It is not an initiative of the Government, we have been surprised by how Conesur, Sécure, Tipnis, the three sub-centers of the Isiboro Sécure park have proposed. In the Tipnis before there were only some NGOs, as they always use the indigenous world to enrich themselves. Now there is a state presence with health, education, solar panels, small tanks of drinking water. When we go to deliver, everyone asks for a way. I told them we tried, you have not defended, now do not bother me, because that path would have already been finished. San Ignacio de Moxos-Villa Tunari, Santo Domingo-San Antonio. Just 50 kilometers in a straight line. That for me was already closed but surprisingly the indigenous movement of the Conesur and Sécure subcentral appeared, which are the most benefited, not only the Tipnis. There are three substations. They told me that they were coming to La Paz to deliver a signature from all the communities. Those are you, don't mess with us.
We also hear from ranchers, transporters, especially from the Beni side, as well as from the Cochabamba. But this project is from Antonio José de Sucre, with the populations of Punata already projected. If we review history, from Sucre through the Chaco War, it is already explored. Of course, there is a Puerto Patiño, where one of these tin barons wanted to make a railroad to Beni, and according to their officials they advanced to the so-called Puerto Patiño, which is the entrance to the Isiboro Sécure park.
Are you not afraid that this issue will lower your popularity, taking into account the social repercussion that the eighth march had, in that memorable arrival supported specifically in La Paz?
Look, before we got here there was a huge concentration. Some media said a million, others said 800,000 people, they called themselves rejecting that march, which was paid for by the North American NGOs, by the fundamentalist environmentalists. But I repeat, it is not that the Evo is driving. That arrival was driven by Chaparina.
Is that a ghost, or isn't it anymore?
I dont know. I think there have obviously been problems, we must admit. But apart from the fact that there was a problem here, there is a component of integration between peoples. I feel that for the Government if it does not make a path, it is one less investment. But you also have to look at the people who live there. I saw in some newspapers, the people of the city criticize, they do not even know the Tipnis. He does not know how to live. I would like these people to go and live there for a week or two, how not to have electricity, ways to get production out, they are not interested.
And the ecological issue, how do you see it ...
Everything has to be respected and it will be respected. I had even thought, if the people want, why not make 10, 20 kilometers of tunnels, I repeat, I have crossed and recrossed, from Santo Domingo, on the Benian side, there is a road. From the Cochabamba side to San Antonio, and in a straight line from San Antonio to Santo Domingo there are 50 kilometers. That there are variations on the theme of rivers (…) are 60 kilometers. If it is a question of caring, tunnels of 20 or 30 kilometers can be made. It is justified: "The animals have to go over the top", well, that they crawl there is no problem. I mean to record for your media, which bothers so much with that issue: whether we do it or not, at any moment the indigenous will open that path. Sooner or later there will be that road through the Tipnis, with Evo or without Evo. Remind yourself of that, record in your mind, on your hard drive, it's just a matter of time, but they're only hurting. We were in Isinuta, and right in Puerto Patiño, a bridge is built over the Sécure river.[/ mks_highlight]
Every year important areas of forests disappear in Bolivia. According to a study carried out by the National Protected Areas Service, each year the forests in Bolivia are reduced by 200 thousand hectares (ha).
Protected areas contain 22% of the country's forests. Between 1990 and 2000, about 23 thousand hectares (0.2%) were lost due to deforestation, and between 2000 and 2010, another 67 thousand hectares (0.5%) were lost, with which the forest area in protected areas was reduced to 12.30 million hectares by 2010. All in all, this is a “very low” reduction of forest in protected areas.
With the advance of oil palm and industrial crops of soybeans and corn and pastures for livestock, deforestation continues at a worrying rate.
With more than one million hectares, the TIPNIS Indigenous Territory and National Park is home to an important biodiversity and fulfills a fundamental hydric and forest environmental function at the local level and throughout the Amazon basin. It is inhabited by Tschimanes, Trinitarian Mojeños and Yuracarés indigenous peoples.
The highway project by TIPNIS had already been ruled out in 2014 due to the numerous criticisms it received from within and outside the country. The TIPNIS had since then a specific law that declared it an intangible area (Law 180). The government repealed it this August, prompting many protests.
Instead, it now promulgates a new Law 266 that eliminates intangibility and allows the construction of a highway in the area.
Determined to defend the TIPNIS
“The defense of TIPNIS is everyone's problem. Not only of those who live in the TIPNIS. It is a national as well as an international problem ", says in statements Ademar Mole President of the Central of Ethnic Peoples Mojeños del Beni (CEPEM B) who adds" we will go to all legal instances to be able to defend the Isiboro Sécure park. "
Indigenous organizations of the TIPNIS, Bolivian and Amazonian ask "to defend the integrity of the indigenous territories, protected areas, forests and threatened waters" firmly since 2012.
Please ask President Evo Morales to respect the TIPNIS and the International Labor Organization ILO to analyze the prior consultation process so that the application of Convention 169 on prior consultation can be guaranteed.
IF YOU DECIDE TO SIGN THE PETITION.