The World Wildlife Fund has recognised the Bolivian government in recognition of its commitment to conservation. This followed the designation of a 6.9 million-hectare area in the Llanos de Moxos, in the lowlands of the Amazon basin, as protected wetlands. Under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Llanos de Moxos is now the largest area of Wetlands of International Importance in the world. Yolanda Kakabadse, the Ecuadorian President of WWF International, presented representatives of the government of Boliviawith a WWF Gift to the Earth, the global conservation organization’s most prestigious award. In total, Bolivia has committed to designate 15 million hectares of its wetland area as Ramsar sites, demonstrating the government’s political support for freshwater conservation – while contributing significantly to the conservation of the wider Amazon basin. “WWF recognizes Bolivia as a conservation leader for its pledge to ensure the conservation and wise use of its freshwater resources, clearly stated also in the country’s laudable environmental policies,” said Luís Pabon, Director of WWF-Bolivia. “There will be challenges ahead but we stand ready to support the Bolivian government in taking the next steps necessary to honour their bold commitment.” Visiting Bolivia’s Amazon is not for everyone, as the infrastructure is fairly basic, but if you want to get well off-the-beaten track we can organize just the trip.

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