By: Alan Forsberg, August 2015

Climate change is already expected to severely impact water availability in the Andes due to effects such as glacier/snow melting resulting from rising air temperatures. Bolivia is considered to be one of the countries most vulnerable to future reductions in water supplies with several large cities located above 2500 m that rely almost entirely on high‐altitude water stocks such as glaciers and lakes to complement limited rainfall.

That is why continued deforestation in the eastern lowlands would be very unwise. The natural forest of the Amazon is needed to convey moist air to the Andes and bring rain. If it is damaged and destroyed, the flying river arteries will be severed and the heart of mother earth will be broken.

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