24 Oct '11, 3am

Bolivia Axes Plans to Build a Highway in the Amazon

Photo: liako / cc It was a plan met with controversy from the start: to build a 185-mile long highway through Bolivia's Isibore Secure Reserve, an ecological gem in the Amazon rainforest. For months, thousands of mostly indigenous protesters marched from throughout to Bolivia to the capital of La Paz to draw attention to what they saw as a threat to the park's wealth of biodiversity and a harbinger of deforestation. Last week, a following demonstrations outside the presidential palace, President Evo Morales announced that the highways plans would be canceled, adding that he is "governing by obeying the people." The proposed highway through the Amazon was to be funded by a $332 million loan from Brazil's National Bank for Economic and Social Development, largely as a means of connecting Brazilian industry with ports along Bolivia's Pacific coastline. The area to be impacted...

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