Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Armonia, a Bolivian conservation non-governmental organization, was founded in 1996. Its mission is to conserve Bolivia’s birds and their habitats, creating a country where wildlife and people can thrive. Armonia achieves its mission by establishing and managing protected areas, reforesting critical habitat, engaging local and indigenous communities, conducting educational campaigns, and carrying out scientific research. Among Armonia’s accomplishments are:
- Protection and management of four private reserves, totaling more than 12,000 hectares (approximately 29,700 acres), that provide critical habitat for the globally endangered Blue-throated Macaw, Palkachupa Cotinga, Red-fronted Macaw, Maned Wolf, and dozens of other threatened species.
- With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), a "Conservation and Restoration Plan for the Polylepis Forests of Madidi and Cotapata National Parks" was completed in 2018, and put into action. The Plan was a team effort, with input and support from key stakeholders including Madidi and Cotapata National Park staff, local communities, SERNAP, FUNDESNAP, and Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny.
- Successful educational campaign that significantly reduced the illegal capture and trade of Blue-throated Macaw Parrots.
Rodrigo W. Soria Auza, Executive Director: I am committed to preventing extinctions of the most threatened bird species of Bolivia, to restoring and managing their critical habitats, and to helping improve the livelihoods of local people that are key to guaranteeing the protection of these species.
Field & Production Coordinator
Mónica San Cristobal Gonzales: As a conservationist, I am committed to restoring and managing the critical habitats for the most threatened high Andean bird species of Bolivia. I love to engage with education activities aiming to convince local people to protect nature.