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Re: The Amazon Fires

Post by Richprins » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:09 am

Bolivia’s fires destroy ‘heritage’ rock art sites
Wildfires that have raged across forests and grassland in eastern Bolivia for weeks have destroyed rare rock art sites, archeologists announced Tuesday.


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Fires have destroyed 1.2 million hectares of forest and grasslands in Bolivia this year, the government said on Wednesday, although environmentalists claim the true figure is much greater | © AFP | Aizar RALDES

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“We believe that the damage is big and wide in terms of our heritage of rock art,” said Danilo Drakic, chief archeologist in the eastern Santa Cruz department.

Santa Cruz is home to numerous rock art sites, including paintings and engravings spanning several millennia, experts say.

Drakic said fires that have raged since May had caused significant damage to rock art sites near the eastern town of Robore. The sites contain engravings dating from 1,500 BC.

“A dark layer of soot has covered all the paintings,” said Drakic, citing an initial appraisal of the damage. Heat from the fires “has caused stones to break, even to collapse.”

He said a full assessment of the damage could only be made once the fires had been quenched.

Authorities declared the town, some 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) east of the capital La Paz, a “departmental capital of rock art” in May 2017.

Bolivia’s culture ministry said the fires were endangering the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, six settlements built by the Catholic religious order in the 17th and 18th centuries that were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Culture and Tourism Minister Wilma Alanoca said the Jesuit sites closest to the fires “have not yet been affected” but are in danger.

“There is no doubt that there is an impact on the intangible heritage of the area, which will have to be evaluated once all heat sources are eradicated, which is a priority for the central government,” state media quoted Alanoca as saying.

Fires have so far destroyed 1.2 million hectares (3.2 million acres) of forest and grasslands in Bolivia this year, the government said last week, though environmentalists claim the true figure is much greater.

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Re: The Amazon Fires

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:23 am

So much damage in so many countries because of bad or no protection policy of the forests :evil:
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Post by Lisbeth » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:30 am

2 million hectares torched in Bolivia wildfires since August

2019-09-10 12:26 | AFP

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Latin American leaders arrive for Amazon regional summit

The presidents of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador arrive for a regional summit on fires that have devastated the Amazon, which are also being attended by representatives of Brazil, Suriname and Guyana.


Wildfires in Bolivia have torched two million hectares of forest and grassland since August, including some environmentally protected areas, officials said on Monday.

One cabinet minister decried the "macabre game" of fires being put out, then reset behind the backs of firefighters by "saboteurs".

Cinthia Asin, environmental minister for the eastern region of Santa Cruz, urged President Evo Morales to declare a national disaster to broaden firefighting efforts and better channel international aid.

Santa Cruz is the hardest hit of Bolivia's departments since the fires began in May and intensified in late August.

"We've had more than two million hectares of land burnt" in Santa Cruz, said Asin. "We've already gone nearly one month (with this problem) and a national disaster has yet to be declared."

Asin said that blazes have destroyed nearly 900 000 hectares of protected areas. Most affected are the Otuquis and San Matias areas of eastern Bolivia, rich in diverse flora and fauna.

Defense Minister Javier Zavaleta said that people have been found illegally restarting fires in places where the blazes have been put out.

"We are certain that the fires are being deliberately set," said Zavaleta. He blamed "saboteurs", and farmers and landowners "that start blazes that they cannot control", he told reporters.

"This is a macabre game. We put out the fires and there are people behind us that are starting them again.

"We cannot control wildfires like this," Zavaleta said.

Environmentalists blame laws enacted under Morales, who has encouraged burning of forest and pasture land to expand agricultural production. The government attributes the blazes to dry weather and winds.

Bolivia's government recently authorized farmers to burn 20 hectares instead of the usual five hectares - which is believed to have contributed to thousands of wildfires.
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Re: The Amazon Fires

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:44 am

Should we worry more about the wildfires in Africa or in the Amazon?

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