Sustainable development and capacity building

Gray-crested Finch (Lophospingus Griseocristatus) © D. Alarcón / C. MateuHow sales of the field guide will help support poor communities within Bolivia

Revenues from sales of the field guide will be managed by Asociación Armonía, a not-for-profit conservation organization, as a special separate fund. It will be invested into ecotourism capacity building (training of local naturalists and guides for national and foreign bird watchers) in rural areas with ecotourism ventures, as well as into the production of regional field guides in Spanish.

Revenues from sales of regional guides will similarly be invested into additional ecotourism capacity building and possibly a second, updated edition of the national field guide and handbook.

Thus, as a kind of revolving fund these resources will guarantee continued ecotourism capacity building activities for several years, as well as contributions to raising environmental awareness in the Bolivian population locally, regionally, and nationally.

Benefiting local communities

To attain a direct benefit for local communities with ecotourism ventures in Bolivia, Asociación Armonía will hold 6-day capacity-building workshops in different locations in areas with ecotourism ventures throughout the country, with special emphasis on community-based ecotourism projects.

The main objective of these workshops is to train local bird watching guides in both theory and practice. Workshop attendees will be nominated by their respective selected communities under given minimum requirements, and each participant will receive a free copy of the field guide and of the Spanish handbook.

Producing regional guides

Following the publication and sales of the national field guide and handbook, in a later stage we will produce at least three regional field guides in Spanish for the national market in order to raise specific environmental awareness and enhance local and regional knowledge.

These will follow the layout of the national field guide, but because no English texts will be featured, species accounts can include additional information on behavior, vocalizations, and natural history. Regional field guides could cover certain national or departmental parks or ecoregionally sensible units such as the Yungas and intersecting dry valleys or the Llanos de Moxos, Pantanal, Cerrado, and Chiquitanía.

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