Tsimane

TSIMANE PROJECT

Tsimane is the first operation in the fly-fishing world developed as a joined- venture between a private enterprise and a group of native people to set up a project which involves great social and environmental resposibility.

The project is carried out in Tipnis (Indian Territory and Isiboro Secure National Park) together with Asunta, Uswea, Palmar de Aguas Negras, Oromomo and Areruta communities. It has the entire pertinent environment authorizations issued by SERNAP (Servicio Nacional de Áreas Protegidas- National Service that deals with Protected Areas) and the Environment Department of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

The model of the project is based on the sustainable development of tourism programs specialized in fly-fishing with compulsory return. Moreover, there is minimum impact on fish schools and the environment. Unlikely any other conventional tourism enterprise, Tsimane's project involves a few tourists and such reduced number of people is the key factor to have the lowest environmental impact. Furthermore, its strategy generates higher socio-economic value than conventional tourism operations' since communities participate actively and get great economic benefits and valuable tools to develop their community life in a sustainable way.

LIVING WELL

Tsimane's project generates important direct and indirect benefits for the aboriginal communities which are actively involved in said tourism operation. Their incomes arise from tourism itself as well as raw material and food supply, sales of handcraft, furniture and tool construction among other varied activities. Moreover, local people work as guides, watchers and masters. They also deal with maintenance and carrying stuff. They are permantely trained to maximize their participation in the project.
One of Tsimane's main objectives is to protect the way of living and culture of the communities so as to improve their quality of life at the same time. The Project envisages the participation of a group of professionals (antropologists, social psycologists, etc.) to help mitigate the cultural impact that incomes may generate; however, respect for community administration independence is always taken into account.
Aborigen

PROTECTION TO MOTHER EARTH

Fly-fishing with catch and release only, carried out in a sustainable way creates extremely low environmental impact.
Both Tsimane's ecolodges were built together with the communities, taking too much care of the environment, using local material and respecting the architecture of Chiman and Yuracaré's ethnic groups.

The project promotes several environmentally friendly practices. The most important ones are:

• To return all the fish caught to their environment in perfect conditions.
• To carry out fish studies, which are unfeasible if conventional methods are used due to costs and time. Said biological studies are supervised by biologists from Colección Boliviana de Fauna (Bolivian Fauna Association)
• To generate incomes for the protected area. Same are fundamental to control and take care of that place.
• To collect and take away inorganic rubbish to authorized places in the nearest towns.

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