July 14, 2014
- as seen by -Julie Larsen Maher
In the high Andes of Bolivia, glaciers are receding at a rapid pace. Farmers in the Apolobamba protected area are worried that a drier climate increases competition for resources among domestic animals, wildlife, and the people themselves.
The Wildlife Conservation Society works with communities that depend on natural resources to help them find mutually beneficial solutions that relieve the stress on fragile ecosystems.
At 16,000 feet above sea level, I could barely breathe when I photographed this woman as she toiled on her farm.