by Mónica Claudia Castro Delgadillo (ELP 2005), Bolivia
The ELP was a great experience in my life; it improved my knowledge and skills for my work in sustainable development. It's a unique program in the world where we can meet different people from many countries and cultures who are working and contributing to global change related to the sustainable management of natural resources. Also, it is an opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas with an amazing group of people that persist in the network for 15 years and more.
The ELP touches all the topics related to the heart of managing natural resources and the environment. It also offers a space to promote research and exchange between the alumni. To be part of this family is an experience that brings satisfaction and knowledge to my life.
My vision of what skills, topics, and presenters I would like to see in the future ELP programs is a deeper insight into the climate change problem, how we can contribute with solutions that can be implemented in different parts of the world, and how we can address the risk related to climate change in our countries. This can be enriched by the experiences and work of all the people in the ELP family. We can share case studies, methodologies, and different tools that are put in practice by different stakeholders in the world.
My latest research, “El Estado del Medio Ambiente en Bolivia,” is related to the status of the environment in Bolivia and was published in December 2014. The main objective of this publication is to develop a state of the art document outlining the environmental situation in Bolivia and sensitize Bolivian citizens through a comprehensive and proactive awareness generation document related to environmental issues.
Following the main objective of the ELP program, which is building a society that is sensitive and resilient to the environment, I wrote this contribution. The research focuses on analyzing the status of the environment in Bolivia in the key productive areas like mining and oil and analyzing the most important problems related the environment such as expansion of the agricultural frontier, pollution of water bodies and flood impact, among others. It also explains how this situation is accelerating the deterioration of environmental quality in the country and how the ravages of climate change each year are more visible and severe in our reality, directly impacting the economy and quality of life of the population. Besides this, we also propose to analyze the country’s conditions in the coming years as it faces the following crises: deficit of energy, degrading quality of the environment and climate change, food security and related events that are already affecting economic growth.
I would also like to share with you my last amazing experience of swimming across the Strait of Tiquina in the Titicaca Lake in Bolivia (1000 Kilometers at 3.600 meters above sea level). This is an open water competition in my country. I felt the special power of nature in the water when I participated in this event!