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I. About us


Foundation for the Development of the National System of Protected Areas

We are an organization that, since 2000, has been contributing to strengthen protected areas at national, departmental and municipal levels as well as the different stakeholders involved in their management.

Our Mission is to:

Contribute to the development and sustainability of the National System of Protected Areas, by raising, channeling, and managing financial and non-financial resources for the implementation of programs, projects and activities, integrating the different sectors of Bolivian society.

In order to accomplish this mission, we develop activities linked to all kinds of stakeholders inside and outside protected areas (ecological systems, biological corridors, buffer zones, community lands and trans-boundary protected areas, among others).

II. What do we do?

We work under four lines of action:

1. Financial management
2. Fundraising
3. Communication and capacity building
4. Financial engineering for protected areas

FUNDESNAP works on:

  • Raising and channeling financial and non financial resources for its investment in operations and projects in national, regional or local protected areas within the framework of public policies for the integrated management of the National System of Protected Areas.
  • Managing FUNDESNAP and third parties' resources according to the terms and conditions set in the respective agreements, as well as the establishment of trust funds with authorized entities and other legal structures that allow for an efficient and effective achievement of its objectives.
  • Strengthening the management capacity of national, departmental and municipal protected areas and special jurisdictions prescribed by law, for the optimum accomplishment of the objectives of the National System of Protected Areas.
  • Signing cooperation agreements with individuals or organizations, national or international, private or public, whether these entities are centralized or decentralized, for carrying out activities related to the accomplishment of the objectives pursued by the Foundation and maintaining the independence of the Foundation.
  • Performing a diversity of technical, economic, financial and legal activities that enable the development of the Foundations objective, as well as implementing programs and projects in the main field of expertise and experience of the Foundation.
  • Participate directly or indirectly with or within other public, private, profit or nonprofit organizations, providing technical, legal or financial advisory services to third parties.

III. Programs and Projects

Program: Financial support to Protected Areas

FUNDESNAP has specific accumulated experience in issues such as financial planning, design and implementation of financial and administrative management instruments and the development of capacity building and fundraising processes all of which are linked to protected area management and other processes related to the area.

This program has managed more than $US 40 Million between 2002 and 2011.


Mitigating the potential environmental and social impacts generated by the Northern Corridor road construction Project in Bolivia (2009 - 2011).

This project is funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and has the main purpose of strengthening the biodiversity conservation processes in the Vilcambamba - Amboró Conservation Corridor (CCVA) as well as contributing to the monitoring and mitigating of impacts generated by the construction of the Northern Corridor through the participation of civil society at local and regional levels.

This Project seeks to:

  • Contribute to strengthen environmental management capacities of local stakeholders.
  • Promote the organization and functioning of Local Environmental Monitoring Committees.
  • Promote the integration of public entities at a sub - national level and civil society stakeholders, as well as a balance between national, regional and local level decision making processes.
  • Promote the legal acknowledgement of Local Environmental Monitoring Committees to integrate feedback of civil society and governmental entities into decision making.
  • Promote active stakeholder participation in the definition of indicators (economic, social, cultural and environmental) to measure environmental and social impacts of road building processes and in the design of locally based monitoring strategies.
  • Contribute to the strengthening of financial sustainability in four protected areas linked to this region.

Part of the project components are being implemented directly by FUNDESNAP, but the greater part is being implemented through sub-projects in association with the Tsimane Mosetén Regional Council - CRTM, the Federation of Municipal Associations - FAM Bolivia, the Institute of Ecology of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and WWF Bolivia.



Promoting Association Biocultura PROBIOC (FUNDESNAP - PRORURAL)
USEF - Services and Strengthening Unit

In response to the call for proposals by COSUDE, FUNDESNAP and PRORURAL subscribed an agreement for the administrative and operative implementation of the Services and Strengthening Unit - USEF, in charge of providing external services for the development of the BioCultura National Program and for strengthening the Implementing Unit - UFI, which is part of the public management structure within the Viceministry for the Environment, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Forest Management and Development.

Project Objectives:


Provide administrative and coordination services, guidance in project operations and capacity building and transfer through the Services and Strengthening Unit - USEF, within the organic structure of the BioCultura National Program.


  • Facilitate the survey of local demands for the structuring and development of endogenous bio - cultural models and systems1.
  • Facilitate to the program and approved executing partners, assistance on administrative - financial services and support in the management of grant resources to facilitate the implementation and accomplishment of the objectives established in the Program's Guiding Plan, as well as work plans and specific projects derived from it and thus contribute to its operational implementation. for its operationalization.
  • Facilitate and generate the basis for operational and financial sustainability of demands and bio -cultural projects under the management of the USEF, to allow for scaling up and for the continuity of the Program through the leverage and establishment of financial mechanisms.
  • Build and transfer capacities and promote the integration of the services provided by the USEF into the UFI, executing partners and other stakeholders, as a strategy for sustainability of the services and processes.



Online conservation investment in the Andes-Amazon region

Institutions that seek to understand the context of conservation investment in the Andes-Amazon region and wish contribute with their information can already access the ecofunds portal through the link.

Initiated by the Gordon and Betty Moore, Avina, and Skoll foundations, ecofunds allows for the monitoring of resources invested in conservation programs and projects, as well as the identification of investment needs and opportunities in the Andes-Amazon region.

Freely available in three languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish), ecofunds has already more than 880 registered projects. All the related information was collected by RedLAC's members and partners. The project's focal points are distributed in seven countries in the region: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

Up to the moment no integrated system existed that monitored the resources invested in biodiversity conservation in the region and it was a challenge to coordinate the activities of the different funding agencies. ecofunds brings about the possibility of broadening the gaps in conservation investment through the systematization of relevant information.


More data, more accuracy
ecofunds is a collaborative tool, therefore it looks forward to increasing the number of regional institutions that use the system as a reference to register their data. The more information is collected, the better the system will reflect the local reality. Join ecofunds at:


ecofunds enables conservation organizations that work in the region to organize their project's portfolio through a Georeferenced System (GIS). The system merges the data from projects and programs with mapped layers, such as conservation priority areas, threatened species and land costs. It also generates graphs with the amounts and the distribution of the projects over time.

Data from ecofunds can help to guide the allocation of resources towards conservation efforts, and also to facilitate the interaction between donors and practitioners.

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ecofunds highlights:
Funding opportunities: space for donors to post requests for proposals.
Funding needs: space for requests of support for projects.
Map Engine:
map that integrates georeferenced information on conservation priorities and data registered by users.
graphs produced from registered data.



Financial Mechanisms for Water (MFA)
Phase I: Information gathering about Financial Mechanisms for Water

FUNDESNAP has assumed a challenge to gather information about Financial Mechanisms for Water, with the objective to raise funds that allow to widen the coverage of access to water, and to strengthen models of democratic and responsible management of this resource.


Identify initiatives and stakeholders that develop and promote financial mechanisms for water, to set a basis to movilize and raise funds, to widen the coverage of access to water and strengthen models of democratic and responsible management of community based water organizations.



Analysis of alternatives for the design of a Funding System and Financial Mechanisms for protected areas as the basis for developing financial sustainability: Case Pilón Lajas and Madidi - PIEB,

In July 2010, FUNDESNAP signed an agreement with the Bolivian Strategic Research Program - PIEB to develop the research "Analysis of alternatives for the design of a Funding System and Financial Mechanisms for protected areas as the basis for developing financial sustainability: Case Pilón Lajas and Madidi" with the purpose to:

Provide to Bolivian protected areas and to the National System of Protected Areas an integral analysis of alternatives for the establishment of Funding Systems and Financial Mechanisms that have a tendency to contribute to the development of financial sustainability according to the progress achieved so far.

Specific objectives of the research:

  • Analysis of contributions and investment executed by diverse national and international, public and private institutions, on behalf of Bolivia's protected areas.
  • Identify potential alternatives for fundraising to protected areas in the Andean - Amazon Region.
  • Design of Funding Systems and Financial Mechanisms that can be applied to prioritized protected areas as a proposal for developing financial and integral sustainability.
  • Identify specific financial mechanisms for protected areas within the framework of funding system concepts, as a contribution to financial sustainability, and the conceptualization of tools for the National System of Protected Areas.

Program: Capacity building for key stakeholders in protected areas sustainability

FUNDESNAP assigns resources for capacity building on key stakeholders for financial and administrative management. Between 2005 and 2009, FUNDESNAP has assigned more than $US 300,000 for capacity building at the local level. With support from MacArthur Foundation, funds from ONGs del Sur (Belgium) and Small Grants (USAID), as well as FUNDESNAP's own resources, FUNDESNAP has structured and implemented the Capacity Building Program for key stakeholders in Financial Sustainability of Protected Areas.

Program: Design of additional financial mechanisms for channeling financial and non financial resources at national, regional and local levels.

Since 2004, FUNDESNAP has developed important processes of financial engineering to contribute to the basis of protected areas' financial sustainability, under concepts of co-responsibility of key stakeholders. FUNDESNAP has promoted, with its own resources and partner entities such as the German Development Bank (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau/ KfW), The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, Strategic Financial Planning (PEF) processes for the National System of Protected Areas (2004 - 2005) and specific protected areas (2008 - 2009) at national, departmental and municipal level.

FUNDESNAP has also designed and is supporting the implementation of diverse Environmental Funds, which include protected areas in alliance with FUNDESNAP, to take advantage of FUNDESNAP's capacities and expertise. This process has been supported by the Federation of Municipal Associations of Bolivia (FAM Bolivia) and The Nature Conservancy. The Financial Mechanisms designed and supported are: Fondo Verde Municipal (Municipal Green Fund), Fondo Ambiental Departamental de Oruro (Environmental Fund for the Oruro Department) and Fondo Ambiental del Municipio de La Paz (Environmental Fund for the La Paz Municipality).

Foundation for the Development of the National System of Protected Areas (FUNDESNAP) BOLIVIA