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Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development
Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development. Lessons from Latin America

Implementing ‘Vivir Bien’: Results and Lessons from the Biocultura Programme, Bolivia

Frédérique Weyer

Abstract

In Bolivia, an alternative vision of development has emerged that relies on the concepts of Madre Tierra (Mother Earth) and Vivir Bien (Living Well), and promotes balance and harmony between humans and nature. It aims to break away from the economic model previously adopted by Bolivia, a model that has made the country highly dependent on the export of raw materials. This chapter analyses the Biocultura programme, a project launched in 2008 by the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which aims to translate this alternative vision of development into concrete practices. Stemming from a participatory approach, this initiative shows that it is possible to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with raising incomes and the promotion of local knowledge. It also contributes to the creation and strengthening of institutions and policies in line with Vivir Bien. This chapter is based on documents and ideas developed by the Biocultura programme and the SDC, as well as on fieldwork carried out between 2013 and 2015.

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Editor's notes

Paperback reference: Weyer, F. (2017, forthcoming) ‘Implementing ‘Vivir Bien’: Results and Lessons from the Biocultura Programme, Bolivia’ in Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development: Lessons from Latin America, International Development Policy series No.9 (Geneva, Boston: Graduate Institute Publications, Brill-Nijhoff).

References

Electronic reference

Frédérique Weyer, « Implementing ‘Vivir Bien’: Results and Lessons from the Biocultura Programme, Bolivia », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 9.0 | 2017, Online since 28 May 2017, connection on 20 September 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/2361 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.2361

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About the author

Frédérique Weyer

is responsible for the Bolivia programme and the themes of employment and income in the Latin America and Caribbean Division at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva).

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International Development Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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