14. LIFE BELOW WATER

14. LIFE BELOW WATER

Bolivia has important lakes and rivers that supply many different services to the Bolivian population. Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the World, is emblematic for Bolivia, but suffers from severe contamination in certain parts that receive large quantities of untreated waste water.

Bolivia basically uses its rivers as a cheap natural sewage and waste removal system, but with severe consequences for the quality of water downstream. This needs to change completely if we are to claim sustainable development.