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The Bolivian Institute of Forestry Research (IBIF) organized the third talk of the XII Cycle of Conferences on Natural Resources Research on September 25 at the facilities of the Simon I. Patiño Center, referring to the "Spatial and temporal patterns of the deforestation in the Chiquitano dry forest and its effect on the connectivity of the conservation units and carbon balance "the exhibition was in charge of Daniel Villarroel (PhD), deputy manager of research and monitoring of ecosystems of the Friends of Nature Foundation ( FAN).
Experiences were shared from the Seco Chiquitano ecoregion, which is distributed between Bolivia (72%) and Brazil (28%), being considered one of the most diverse dry forests in the world, as well as one of the most threatened by deforestation. Dr. Villarroel presented the results of a recent study, together with collaborators from the University of Minnesota in the United States and Kew Garden in the United Kingdom, in which they found that deforestation patterns up to the year 2025 show a scenario highly fragmented Chiquitanía despite the large area in protected areas. The discussion that followed the presentation emphasized the inadequacy of the surface in protected areas to ensure the movement of mammalian animal species, and to guarantee the water flow in the Chiquitanía, for which it has been necessary and urgent to carry out of a multisectorial platform with the purpose of summoning to the reflection of the different actors of the Chiquitanía, among them native indigenous communities, agro-industrial entrepreneurs, cattle dealers, public sector and organizations of the civil society that work in the Chiquitanía, on the development of production that in recent decades has characterized the Chiquitanía for the excessive increase in deforestation.
The event was characterized by the presence of more than a dozen organizations from civil society, public and private sectors, and students from the Gabriel René Moreno Autonomous University.
We thank Dr. Daniel Villarroel for sharing his experiences and presenting his talk.

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