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HFA National Reports

National Report 2008: 2008 National Report (HFA Monitor Report; Spanish)

National Report 2007: no report submitted

National Report 2006: no report submitted

National Report 2005: no report submitted

National Report 2004: National Report in Preparation for WCDR (2004) - Bolivia (Spanish)

National Platform

National Platform for DRR established on 14 October, 2009

HFA National Focal Point

Vice-Ministry of Civil Defense

(Viceministerio de Defensa Civil - VIDECI)

Ministry of National Defense (Ministerio de Defensa Nacional)

Address: VIDECI, Plaza Abaroa Nº 2502 Piso 8, La Paz

Tel: (+591-2) 243-0112, 243-0770, 243-1397, 243-1844/ Fax: (+591-2) 243-1844


Contact Person

Vice-Minister Oscar Cabrera Coca (as of August 2011)

Vice-Minister of Civil Defense (Viceministro de Defensa Civil)

Ministry of Civil Defense (Ministerio de Defensa Civil)

Tel: (591-2) 251-0973; fax: (591-2) 243-1844

Technical Focal Point

Mr. Franklin Condori Challco

Technical Coordinator (Coordinador Técnico)


Tel: (+591) 2-242-1738 / 2-243-0112 / Fax: (+591) 2-243-0112


Other Contacts

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Bolivia to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations having their Headquarters in Geneva


Her Excellency Mrs. Angélica Navarro Llanos


Permanent Representative

Address: Rue de Lausanne 139 (6th Floor), 1202 Geneva

Tel: +(41-22) 908-0717 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +(41-22) 908-0717      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Fax: +(41-22) 908-0722


UN System Coordination

[ UNDG: UNCT Bolivia]

UN Resident Coordinator

Yoriko Yanakawa


Rocío Chaín:


Dirección General de Prevención y Reconstrucción (DGPR)

Address: Calle Chaco (zona Cristo Rey) Nº 1035 Edif. “Defensa Civil”

Phone: (+591)–2-2421695 / Fax: (+591)-2- 2421741



Dirección General de Atención Emergencias y Auxilio (DGAEA)

Address: Calle Chaco (zona Cristo Rey) Nº 1035 Edif “Defensa Civil”

Phone: (+591)–2-2421743 / Fax:(+591)-2-2421738

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto:

Address: Plaza Murillo - c. Ingavi esq. c. Junín, La Paz

Phone: (+591-2) 240-8067


Ministerio de Desarrollo Sostenible

Address: Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz Esquina Oruro, Ex Edificio Comibol, de la ciudad de La Paz, República de Bolivia / Casilla de correo No.12814

Phone: (+591)-2-2116000


Ministerio de Educación

Address: Av. Arce Nº 2147 (Lado Hotel Radisson), de la ciudad de La Paz, República de Bolivia

Phone: (+591)-2-2444546, 591-2-2444814 / Fax:(+591)-2-2444814



Centro para la Participación y el Desarrollo Humano Sostenible (CEPAD)

Address: Calle Cobija No 548 Casilla 2641 Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Bolivia

Phone-Fax:Phone: (+591)-3-3370121 / 591-3-3341551


Ministerio de Salud y Previsión Social

Address: Calle Capitán Revelo, La Paz

Phone: (+591-2) 244-2006 / Fax: (+591-2) 211-7573



Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF). Oficina Nacional

Address: Edf. Multicentro - Torre "B", Piso 9, Calle Rosendo Gutiérrez, Esq. Av. Arce, La Paz - Bolivia

Phone:(+591-2) 244-3333 (master) / Fax: (+591-2) 244-3049


UNDP Country Offices: Alfredo Marty, Resident Representative UNDP Bolivia

Address: Calle 14 Esquina Av. Sanchez Bustamante, Edif. Metrobol II, Calacoto Casilla Postal 9072, La Paz, Bolivia.

Phone: (+591-2) 279 5544 / Fax (+591-2) 2795820



PAHO/WHO Field Office Bolivia: Dr. Christian Darras, PAHO/WHO Representative

Address: Calle Víctor Sanjines 2678, Edificio Torre Barcelona, pisos 1, 6 y 7 Zona Sopocachi, La Paz, Bolivia / Casillas Postales 9790 y 2504, La Paz, Bolivia

Phone: (+591-2) 2412-313; 2412-303; 2412-465 / Fax: (+591-2) 2412-598



Cruz Roja Bolivia

Address: Avenida Simón Bolivar No. 1515 Apdo. 741 – La Paz,

Phone:(+591-2) 34-0948/32-6568/37-6874 / Fax: (+591-2) 35-9102



Country profile:

Name: Republic of Bolivia

Capital: La Paz(administrative), Sucre(constitutional)

Population: 8.6 million

Area: 1,098,580 sq km

Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%

Language: Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymara (official), Tupi-Guarani.

Ethnic group: Quechua 30%, Mestizos 30%, Aymara 25%, blancos 15%

Government: Presidential democracy

Currency: Boliviano

Bolivia ocuppy the central-western part of South America, is located between latitudes 9 ° 38 'and 22 ° 53' latitude south, and the meridian 57 ° 25 'and 69 ° 38' west, politically divided in nine departments. This location, with the territory extending from the tropical climate of warm dry sea level through the dry subtropical climate tempered until cold weather on the mountain range. Bolivia is formed by six physiographic provinces: the western mountains, the "altiplano", the eastern mountains, the "subandino", the Chaco Beniana plain and the Brazil shield.

This diversity generate different weather events that are conditional on the topography pending. Each area is affected by a specifics hazards: in the plain are floods, droughts and rainforest fires in the area subandean, floods, landslides, seismic activity, the area which includes the western highlands of Bolivia the hazards are frost, hail rains , droughts, landslides and volcanic activity. The Andes mountain chain, with each passing heights 6,000 meters, also exerts great influence on the climate, and consequently on the ecological conditions, which are ice-capped dry and intermediate zones with different temperatures and humidity.

The volcanic complex is one of the most important regulatory climate. The highland pastures are generally degraded by overgrazing and soil erosion effects. The mountain chain controls the general climate of the area to prevent the passage of moist air westward generating dry and arid climates. In this area are the Yungas, as a relatively narrow green belt is developed along the eastern slope, thereby protecting the erosion of this unit orographic.

Floods are one of the natural events that are presented with greater frequency in the country. The removal of masses, especially in outlying areas, are ubiquitous in nature and that during the rainy season or after it is possible to warn in an alarming evenst of this kind. Also, experiencing episodes of "El Niño" and Southern Oscilation in a different way than in Ecuador and Peru. The main problem in the country is drought in the high Andean valley, where rainfall reduced affect mainly the economically weaker of the indigenous population and one of their crops and staple foods: potato.

The rapid population growth of major cities in Bolivia has generated an increase in unplanned constructions civil and human settlements, a deterioration of urban life, environmental degradation, scarcity of jobs and deepening poverty and almost all cases, the ability of central and local governments has been overtaken to respond satisfactorily basic services, making them conform areas increasingly vulnerable. In the country since December 2003 to date, have died over 400 people by natural and Technological events.

Institutional Party

Bolivia has a new law that establishes an institutional framework for the prevention of risk. At present, the country is compatibilizando the Environment Act and its regulations to Law 2140/2000 Reduction of Risks and Attention to Disasters. As amended by Act 2335 2002, this instrument has its Regulatory Decree DS 26739 and DS27732, with the aim of having a unique insight on the process of planning for sustainable development, while also developed new earthquake standards for the construction and includes risk reduction in the rules of the National System of Investment Public.

Currently, there are no codes of practice or standards that take into account the seismic risk, but it is in the process of developing a national standard for buildings earthquake that with the participation of private enterprise.

In Bolivia, the agency established by the Act Reducing Risks and Attention to Disasters is the National Council for the Reduction of Risks and Attention to Disasters and Emergencies (CONARADE), which has the highest decision-making and coordination. This structure, which could represent the future National Platform, consists of a Technical Secretariat (Ministry of Civil Defence and the Integral Development Cooperation) and several ministries: the Presidency, Government, Finance, Defence, Sustainable Development, Economic Development , Rural and Agricultural Affairs and Health and Sports.

Within the framework of the laws in force, the relevant agencies, the Ministry of National Defense and Sustainable Development are developing policies according to its fields of competence. Here, we work in the implementation of appropriate institutional frameworks in risk management and legal and regulatory frameworks. The Ministry of National Defense, through the Ministry of Civil Defence and the Integral Development Cooperation, has developed various strategies, such as the National Plan of Care for Emergency 2003-2004 and the Government Strategy for Reducing Risks and Attention to Disasters and Emergencies 2004, when it was one of the most important projects: the "Decentralization of Risk Management in Prefecturales Levels" (departmental governments). This project was created in the first phase Units Risk Management, entities reduce risks (including prevention, mitigation and reconstruction) and support the work of emergency care. This successful program allowed in 2005 to carry out the second phase has been termed decentralization of risk management at the municipal level which aims at achieving its first phase to cover training in 60 selected municipalities and then move to complete the 327 municipalities that have Bolivia.

To meet the Millennium Development Goals, two programs are in current performance: Risk Prevention Program, Attention Emergency and Reconstruction (Municipal Government of Peace) and the Programme of Institutional Capacity-Building for Risk Management, in the Department of Peace (Prefecture of the Department of Peace). In addition, it aims to introduce risk management as a crosscutting theme in the curricula of primary and secondary education to the university level has been promoted the optional inclusion of risk management in all races through an administrative decision, and organizing the career college Risk Management.

Climate change


HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework

Project: Strengthening of the Vice-Ministry of Civil Defense and Integrated Development Cooperation (VIDECICODI)

Bolivia’s Civil Defense concluded a two-month process from October 20 to December 20 of 2006 supported by Save the Children and UNISDR-Americas. The process’ denominated ‘Strengthening of the Vice-Ministry of Civil Defence and Development Cooperation (VIDECICODI for its acronym in Spanish)’ quite well describes the essence of it. This two-month process was seen as a first step towards a national platform, while a well-oriented strategic five-year plan was developed as a substantive output. The strategic plan will be used by the government and NGOs to help guide institutional disaster reduction efforts in the coming 5 years.

Project Report

Activities Report (Spanish)

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

HFA P4 - Risk applications:

HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:

Others Documents:

Support for the Prevention of Disasters in the Andean Community - PREDECAN - Result 1 Systematization of Information Collection and in the Andean region Bolivia. December, 2006 (Spanish)

‎ Comité Andino para la Prevención Y Atención de Desasrtres - CAPRADE (Spanish)

Informe CAPRADE 2006-2007 (Spanish)

Estrategia Andina de Prevención y Atención de Desastres - EAPAD (Spanish)

Ley Gestion de Riesgos y Atencion de Desastres Bolivia (Spanish)

Web Links:

PreventionWeb Data and Statistics Bolivia

EM-DAT Bolivia Country Profile-Natural Disaster

ReliefWeb Countries & Emergencies Bolivia

UN/ISDR Hazards Profile Bolivia

UNICEF - Bolivia

Proyecto de Apoyo a la Prevención de Desastres en la CAN (PREDECAN)

Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación (COSUDE)

MDG Profile: Bolivia

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