In 2006, a group of young Bolivian environmental professionals decided to create an institution that would respond to the big environmental challenges in the country. This institution would allow the members to unleash all their passions, imagination, and technical skills in order to improve Bolivia’s environment and help its people. Thus, on Earth Day, 2006, the environmental non-profit foundation Gaia Pacha was born.
The greek term Gaia evokes Lovelock’s theory that indicates that Earth is alive. In the same complementary way, the term Pacha, which comes from native languages such as Quechua and Aymara, is part of the more complete term Pachamama. Pachamama means “Mother Earth”. In combination, Gaia Pacha is both a modern theory and a legacy of ancient wisdom that expresses a similar theme: that our Mother Earth is alive explained by two different cosmo-visions that complement each other perfectly.
Currently, the foundation is functioning with more than 11 active members and training 4 part time members studying abroad pursuing their master degrees. Gaia Pacha’s main office is located in the city of Cochabamba; and since 2012, the foundation expanded its activities into the lowlands of the Santa Cruz Bolivian department.
To create, propose, and implement feasible environmentally friendly solutions, based on local and scientific knowledge, on problems where human actions and decisions have altered the harmonic natural dynamic between people and nature.
Gaia Pacha’s efforts are addressed to four dimensions that we believe, when combined, can ensure sustainability at different levels. These working areas are:
- Research & Technology
- Training & Education
- Environmental Policy
- Conservation & Ecosystems Restoration