Fire management in indigenous territories in Bolivia


Authors: Anacleto Peña Supayabe, Laurenz Romero, Juan Baldiviezo, & Nataly Ascarrunz

Bolivia - 2022

ISSUE No.: 61


Language: English


This article presents an analysis of aspects guiding the management of risks associated with wildfires in territories governed by indigenous communities in Bolivia, and the crucial factors that contribute to responsive actions. These include: (i) indigenous worldviews regarding natural resources and the use of fire, (ii) strengthening of indigenous institutions for risk management, and (iii) autonomous, participatory and democratic indigenous community governance models. Using the Indigenous Territory of Lomerío of the Monkox nation as a case study, it also examines the advances, limitations and challenges in addressing wildfire threats, and the land management approach promoted by the indigenous territorial government. 

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