Bofedales are a type of high-elevation wetlands with a unique floristic composition that are typically situated in the Andes Mountains above 3800 metres.
Over recent decades, the health of the bofedales in Bolivia generally, and in the La Paz-El Alto region specifically, has been deteriorating due to overgrazing, urbanization, construction of dams, and uncontrolled groundwater extractions that support mining activity. Evidence indicates that climate change is also damaging these wetlands, though these exact impacts are still poorly understood.
This factsheet summarizes the project conducted by SEI as a first step towards better monitoring and understanding the impacts of climate and human activity on the Bolivian bofedales. Supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), SEI worked closely with national and local governments, including the Bolivian Ministry of Environment and many scientific counterparts.