LA PAZ – The governments of Japan and Bolivia signed on Monday an accord under which Tokyo will provide $16.5 million for Bolivian programs that defend the environment and promote small farms.
Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca told reporters that this aid will help his country deal with the consequences of two of the biggest crises in the world today: those of the environment and of the food supply.
The Forest Preservation program, to which $13 million will be devoted, will help safeguard woodlands from fires while planting trees and carry out reforestation projects in Bolivian territory.
The plan will help mitigate the effects of climate change and will use remote sensing to combat the deforestation occurring in the Bolivian Amazon.
Japanese Ambassador Kazuo Tanaka said that the aid is in line with his country’s environmental policy, which aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 percent by the year 2020 compared with the level in 1990.
Another $3.5 million will allow Bolivia’s small- and medium-scale farmers to have access to fertilizers at a lower price and will finance projects of economic development and production in the agricultural field. EFE