The Danish embassy in Bolivia has embarked on an expedition in the Amazon Rainforest to raise awareness of deforestation, climate change and sustainable growth.
Every year an area of the Amazon Rainforest the size of Funen is deforested in Bolivia and the embassy expedition seeks to help the issue through its development aid program.
“With 32 ecological regions and 199 different ecosystems, Bolivia is one of the world’s most bio-diverse nations,” Ole Thonke, Denmark’s ambassador to Bolivia, said in a press release.
“Unfortunately South America’s poorest nation also sets lamentable regional records when it comes to deforestation.”
From La Paz to Guayaramerín
The expedition will follow in the footsteps of the historic British explorer Percey Fawcett, who began his exploration of the Amazon basin in 1906 with the intention of mapping the border regions between Bolivia and Brazil.
The Danish expedition left La Paz on April 26 and will traverse glacier-rich Andes mountain areas and fog-covered forests until it reaches the city of Guayaramerín located deep in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest next to the Brazilian border.
Along the way, Thonke and his expedition will meet with the embassy’s development projects and partners in an effort to increase the embassy’s knowledge of the local conditions its partners work with.
The expedition is scheduled to be concluded by May 15.