DIB has been present in Bolivia since 1989. We began working with sustainable settlements and local planning and we have since moved on to play-learning and 'eco-alphabetizising'. In the later years we've collaborated with our partner Teko Kavi, and have found ourself on new territory with a new research project, which researches occurrences of domesticated animal-illnesses affecting humans in The Amazon. The climate-crisis has also pulled us into emergency aid with indigenous people's local societies that has been devastated by forest fires in the eastern Bolivia. Our long commitment in Bolivia has given us a good foothold in the country, and we have build up a strong foundation and network for players on all levels.

Strengthening of indiginous people's voice during the pandemic.

The climatecrisis and the COVID-19 pandemic has made life even more difficult for the indiginous people in Bolivia. They have had little to no help from the government to resist the two emergency-crisis, and they also belong to some of the most marginalized and isolated ethnic groups. DIB has been granted funds in 2021, along with Teko Kavi in 2021 from CISU's "råderumspulje" (Civic Space Modality) for strengthening indiginous people's voices during the pandemic and the climate-crisis. When they have become qualified in handling social media and the podcast-format, they will be able to bring attention to the many different challenges they face, and tell about their life and their unique culture in Bolivia's remote forest areas.

Young people of the indiginous people tacanas attending a workshop about social media and the use of podcast. Photo: Teko Kavi

Research about and prevention of houseanimal-illness in The Amazon

A successful startup-project about research and prevention of domesticated animal-illnesses in indiginous societies in The Amazon - NETCAP-DIB project, and great teamwork together with researchers from the danish technical university(DTU) and Copenhagen's university, lead to a grant from CISU in January 2020, to continue on with the work in San Buenaventura to July 2022. NEXTCAP is methodically anchored in One Health Approach, which focuses on the interaction between people, animals and the environment in promoting sustainable health solutions.

The aim is to improve the conditions of the Tacana-indigenous in the remote Amazon-regions, through establishing networks and the capacity to prevent diseases spread between animals and humans. The research pertains both to diseases spread between domesticated animals and humans and also between mosquitos and humans as well. Here you can find a presentation by professor Liza Rosenbaum Nielsen from the University of Copenhagen talking about our startup-project NETCAP from 2018.

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Collection of mosquitolarvae in local societies around the village Tumupasa i The Amazon. Photo:Teko Kavi

Emergency relief for communities affected by natural fires

In Autumn 2019 we received a grant from the emergency aid, Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) to fight and contain the destructions of natural fires, that ravaged the forest area Chiquitanía in the eastern Bolivia. Our efforts ended in October 2020 and yielded humanitarian help to 1827 people from 15 local societies, in the form of rehabilitation of their accessibility to water, securing access to health-care, both physiological and psychological aid, the reestablishment of self-providing agriculture and the creation of local forest-fire brigades for fireprevention and control.

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The local fire brigade keeps the flames in check in Chiquitanías' forest.

Playful learning and eco-literacy

DIB has worked with our Bolivian partner organization Teko Kavi over the past ten years on the Aprender Jugando, and the third phase ended in March 2020. "Aprender Jugando" means play-learning in spanish, and the concept eco-alphabetisizing is exactly about developing and implementing a playing approach for educating a sustainable way of life in bolivian schools.

Through cooperation with local civil-society organizations, local authorities and teacher-educational organizations, we've succeeded with our project of developing cooperation between school and the local communities. These communities have had an easier time identifying environmental issues, and have been to establish a healthy life in balance with nature and the surrounding environment.