Day: Apr 24, 2019

Agribusiness, livestock and megaprojects threaten forests in Bolivia

Highways projects, agriculture expansion, cattle industry, dams and hydroelectric projects are increasingly threatened the Amazonian forest in Bolivia. Since 2016 deforestation in Bolivia reached 300.000 hectares. According to ERBOL radio, between 2005 and 2010 60% of Bolivia’s deforestation was caused by cattle activities. The meat export projects to China and Vietnam will increase the impact. The production of biofuel will also impact on Bolivian Forests, according to former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN, Pablo Solon, the objective of producing 380 million litres of ethanol by 2025 will imply an expansion of sugar plantations from 150.000 to 305.000 hectares. This means that the expansion of the agricultural border will double the annual deforestation in the country.

Bolivia will sell electricity to Argentina

Bolivia’s state electricity company (ENDE) obtained a license to operate in Argentina and will commercialise 500.000 volts of electricity in this country. ENDE expects a monthly income of $2 million. The shipment of electric power will go through a 110-kilometre cable that runs from Yaguacua in Bolivia to Tartagal in Argentina.

Bolivia will export $7 million in anhydrous alcohol to Europe

Bolivia will export to Europe more than 11 million litres of anhydrous alcohol for $7 million. Anhydrous alcohol is used in various industries such as special liquors, biofuels, perfumery and medicine. According to the Development Minister, Nelida Sifuentes, the product has a 99% purity, has a high added value in the international markets and does not suffer the price oscillations of raw materials. She said that the first shipments will begin next week.