How drones can support early warning systems in Bolivia

A bird’s eye view of a drone mapping Rosapata, Bolivia — from high above. Photo: WFP / Adam Marlatt

From snow-capped peaks to lush rain forests, Bolivia’s diverse geography is breath-taking, but its vast and rugged terrain also poses challenges as authorities prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Bolivia is one of South America’s most natural disaster-prone nations. Deforestation and erosion have exasperated the country’s vulnerability to droughts and floods. Climate change is also accelerating glacial melting in the Andes and the consequent water runoff is threatening the livelihoods of remote indigenous communities.

Tom Mallah

Communications professional with over a decade of international work across 4 continents. M.A. in Media Management from the University of Tampere in Finland.

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