Deforestation in the Bolivian Amazon: The Case of the El Choré Forest Reserve in Santa Cruz Department

  • Manlio Alberto Roca Zamora


This chapter systematically spells out the historical, political, and economic fuels of the massive deforestation in Bolivia’s Amazon, focusing on enforcement in Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s largest and most eco-diverse department (state), which for the past 10 years has also been the country’s primary battleground of political control as well as its engine of export-led economic growth. With a case study of a major Forest Reserve in Santa Cruz, this chapter examines the efforts to create a functioning system of enforcement, without adequate authority or autonomy, under these enormous ecological and economic pressures.


Amazon Environment Nature reserves 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manlio Alberto Roca Zamora
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  1. 1.Department of Santa CruzSanta Cruz de la SierraBolivia

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