Bolivia has a rich diversity of indigenous cultures, with at least thirty tribes among eleven language groups. However, there are few detailed studies on the use of plants and resources by indigenous groups, and the authorities are still ignoring their knowledge of forest management.
Traditional knowledge undergoes constant changes, with practitioners learning about uses of new species. This is also reflected in the portfolio of market venders. We document species sold in local markets in La Paz , and changes over the last decades, to provide information for sustainable and safe use of medicinal pants.
The Chácobo Ethnobotany Project is the first global effort to train local counterparts in ethnobotanical interview and plant collection techniques, to allow them to document their own plant use traditions without external influence.