Angel Sandoval Concession: Steward of Bolivia’s Forests

In celebration of the International Year of Forests, we are highlighting those individuals, communities and businesses actively safeguarding the lungs of the planet.

Just two decades ago, Bolivia’s forests faced an onslaught of illegal logging, over-harvesting and conversion to agriculture. But the introduction of Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC, certification, in the 1990s has had a positive impact on Bolivia’s forestry sector, and the workers, wildlife and local communities that depend on it.

Take the Angel Sandoval concession, one of the first and largest businesses in Bolivia to become FSC-certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Located in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands, the concession covers an area the size of Rhode Island, and its forests provide habitat to tapirs, otters and pumas.

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