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Deforestation represents approximately 45 percent of Bolivia which is about 1,098,000

hectares in forest land has been lost. During the 1980's about 810,000 hectares of forest was lost each year. Between 1990 and 1995 nearly 3 million hectares of forest was lost. Forests have been harvested for croplands, livestock grazing, and also tropical timber which is exported to other countries for commerce. The attempts that are being made to decrease deforestation is persevering land into national parks and nature reserves. The people of Bolivia are directly correlated to the loss of forestland. Many Bolivia government officials are taking steps in the right direct to right the wrongs that have been taking place for years and years. Bolivian people in the past and present rely on the commerce of exports that plays a huge role in their economy system. As the result of exporting their timber from the trees there has been a negative effect on life of biodiversity which affects the life and culture of the people. Soil Erosion is a threat to the environmental balance that occurs when the rate of soil formation is out paced by the rate of the erosion. In the 16 th century many colonists imposed a taxation system upon the indigenous people who were farmers. The revenue that was collected as taxes where paid in the fashion of different types of grasses and shrubs. Bolivia is very vulnerable to soil erosion due to the steep mountain slopes without vegetation. Without vegetation to slow the run-off and absorb excess water large amounts of fertile top soil continue to be lost. As the result of soil erosion the Bolivian did not purposefully hurt the environment. During the 16th century there were not many people who cared much about the earth and

knew how they were damaging the environment. After years and years of un-intentional abuse the result is soil erosion. The Bolivian people now have a hard time finding fertile and prime land to practice their agriculture and to grow food for their families and to make a living. As the result the tradition and culture is also being lost with the soil erosion. The people cannot find land to support and sustain themselves eventually the people will move to other nontraditional and cultural methods to support themselves. Water Pollution plays a great deal in the biodiversity and culture diversity within Bolivia. The water supply has been affected by organic and bacteriological contamination is caused by human activity in the urban waste and mining practices. Poor waste disposal is the main cause of water contamination in the towns and within the cities. Over the years there have been efforts put forth to improve the quality of water to the citizens of Bolivia. There has been a 70 percent increase in water sanitation and portable water connectors with the efforts to clean up the water to the Bolivian people. The biodiversity within Bolivia is affected by the contamination of water supply. Many fish and other species that live in the rivers are becoming endangered. The pollution is killing off many species that once thrived and sustained life. The culture diversity in Bolivia is affected as well because the species that becoming endangered is the key source in food for the Bolivian people. The people rely on the environment just as much as the environment is influenced by the people. Culture diversity and Biodiversity within Bolivia goes hand in hand. Citations:

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