Photos: Flamingos in Bolivia’s surreal salt lake

Photo gallery of flamingos at the world’s largest salt flats in Bolivia – Salar de Uyuni.

The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes.

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The lake is covered by a few meters of salt crust that covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium.

The Salar serves as a major breeding ground for three species of pink South American flamingo: the Chilean, Andean and rare James’ flamingos

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Later that month, I went to volunteer at a Bolivian conservation organisation, Asociación Armonía, that is working to protect the country’s bird diversity.

Armonía are achieving this through innovative programmes that protect the environment, while empowering poor and marginalised communities.

Bolivia is one of the poorest nations in South America, struggling with a weak economy and rapid population growth. This means the country is seeking ways to develop quickly.

Development centers around the usual global precedents: production of petroleum products, large scale farming and ranching, and over use of natural resources such as timber.

But Armonía is encouraging the growth of another, more modern movement in Bolivia that is trying to carve out a sustainable path.

Their greatest success is engaging and empowering local communities and indigenous peoples – from the Andes to the Amazon.

They have years’ of experience coupling environmental protection, with improved livelihoods and living standards for the Bolivian people.

It was inspiring to work alongside the dedicated team at Armonía. Please do check out their work »

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