Wildfire in the Amazon in Bolivia
Every year there are more wildfires
In the Bolivian Amazon, on top of deforestation due to tree felling, there are more fires every year.
"My dream is for Association of Young Reforesters in Action (AJORA) to continue growing." Ángel Peña Cortéz. Image: Samuel Nacar / Oxfam Intermón
Angel is the president and co-creator of Association of Young Reforesters in Action (AJORA).
“We continue working, fighting, to show others that by working together we can get what we want, always keeping in mind the climate issues," he says.
“We formed a youth association to tackle climate issues. By recovering the degraded area.
“First, we started with about 10 young people and then, by the time we became an association, we were working with 63 young people from different communities.
“My dream is for Association of Young Reforesters in Action (AJORA) to continue growing, encouraging people to stop migrating to the city.
“It is possible to work in our communities, in our homes.”
Why do wildfires happen?
Wildfires happen when the land is so dry that flames get out of control. The fire spreads fast, burning up crops.
In addition to deforestation, due to the felling of trees, this is an effect of climate change.
Wildfires are destroying thousands of hectares of crops farming families have planted.
How are wildfires affecting communities?
Maria lives in the area.
"When we arrived at this property it was really bad. There was nothing but a small house in ruins," says Maria.
"In dry weather, that grass there grows… and when it lights up it is as if it had gasoline on it. No one can stop it.
“This sun is hot, suffocating, you feel it. And in the hills one can breathe easily, there is peace.
“I am very grateful for the support provided by Oxfam. Thanks to Oxfam we have these plantations and we have been able to receive training, plant crops and keep bees.”
The climate emergency has devastating effects on communities.
In the Bolivian Amazon every year there are fewer trees and more fires.
The thousands of hectares of farmland burned is affecting those who have the least the most.
Many farmer and indigenous families who live and care for the Amazon have to leave their homes because the flames have taken them from them.
Paul talks to Paola about fire prevention. Image: Samuel Nacar / Oxfam Intermón
What are solutions to wildfires?
Some solutions for wildfires include training in prevention and action against fires, firefighting committees and volunteers, as well as reforestation of forests, diversification of crops and standing with the people who live and take care of the Amazon who are fighting for their fundamental rights.
Putting out fire in Bolivia. Image: Carlos Sánchez
Taking action on wildfires
Oxfam works with partners like Centro de Investigación y Promoción del Campesinado (CIPCA) and community groups like the Association of Young Reforesters in Action (AJORA) on...
- Fire prevention
- Fire fighters
- Firefighting materials
- Income diversification and food security
My dream is for Association of Young Reforesters in Action to continue growing”
Ángel, president and co-creator of Association of Young Reforesters in Action (AJORA)