Since the beginning of the 1980's the city of Cochabamba has experienced a rapid acceleration in urban sprawl, especially in the South of the city. This unplanned expansion has had significant negative impactson the southern area's natural resources.
The most significant effects of this expansion has resulted in a huge loss of forested area, which has caused serious repercussions on the local micro-climate, food security, and the recharge of aquifers, amongst other issues. Moreover, the population in this zone does not have access to green areas, healthy recreational places, leisure or communal areas.
In order to improve the quality of life for children, young people, men and women in these districts, as well as to promote their active participation in the conservation of native flora and fauna, urban forests and gardens are being introduced to the Southern zone.
Not only does this generate ecological benefits, but it empowers and educates the population into resolving local environmental problems.