Tiqupaya (Bolivia) Social Development Project
PRE-FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT
THE STRATEGIC APPROACH TO HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT
The central objective to the Tiqupaya social development project is poverty reduction and ultimately its eradication, through human capital development and the progressive integration of Bolivia into the world economy. In this context, the Tiquipaya Project framework and orientation is tailored to the circumstances of Bolivia. This can be achieved by promoting local ownership and social reforms and integration of private sector and civil society in the development process.
Our approach is to examine key issues such as socially, economically and environmentally sustainable rural development. This will be based on good governance and good rural management.
Strategic approach to rural development will examine key issues. In outlining this approach, this report focuses on socially, economically and environmentally, sustainable rural development, based on good governance and good rural management. The strategic approach takes the main issues of rural development into account and identifies effective ways for working in rural communities. It links these issues in a practical manner to the way development programs are formulated and operated.
We will develop a rural community in the Cochabamba Valley into an urban city with 28 + plus communities while maintaining the local cultures. The development will range from hotels, resorts, university, school, hospital, public water parks, alternative energy, waste management, recycling, cultural facilities, heliport, security, training, sophisticated business districts to sprawling residential areas. Opportunities and challenges for development are ever more concentrated in cities and towns. The challenge today is not how to restrict the size or number of cities or towns, but how to manage them to ensure their productivity, friendliness and continued growth. We will begin by looking at the population, culture, gender divide, health, the administrative or political boundaries, level of trade and religious functions.
Sustainable Development takes place without depleting non-renewable resources. The development of rural towns and cities is of critical importance to Bolivia’s economy. The growth of a healthy, educated rural workforce is essential for the expansion of Bolivia’s manufacturing industries, the development of trade, commerce, and capacity building. It will have a direct impact on the economy. More importantly, it will develop sustainable tourism which will include: medical tourism, wellness tourism, eco- tourism, events destinations (meetings, conventions, and seminars/workshops).
Sustainability - We intend to build a sustainable city that will be 100 percent sustainable. It will generate its own power source through solar power, wind turbine, waste to energy. (Examples of feed stocks: municipal waste, forest waste energy, animal waste, etc.), biofuel, jet fuel, propane gas, and algae. This feasibility study will determine which feedstock will be used initially.
Water Recycling – We will consider a regional recycling approach to overcome the barriers facing individual rural governments.
The following are benefits for water recycling:
Increased volumes of recyclables, which opens marketing opportunities
Potential for cooperative marketing, which can substantially increase revenues
Conserved landfill capacity and avoided tipping fees
Regional economic stimulus from new collection and processing jobs
Shared costs for equipment, personnel, processing, transportation, marketing and facility capital and operating costs.
Bio Energy – will provide an opportunity for Tiqupaya to utilize its own resources and attract the necessary foreign and domestic investment to achieve sustainable development goals. Particularly in Cochabamba the poor depend on agriculture for their livelihoods; producing bioenergy can harness agricultural growth for broader rural development, reducing poverty and the drain on government budgets to pay for fossil energy imports. The following are benefits of bioenergy:
Employment is a key element of rural development. In Cochabamba, bio-energy will have a large potential to create jobs in their labor intensive agricultural sectors.
Feedstock - additional job creation opportunities can also be found in the conversion process from feedstock to bioenergy as this process generally takes place close to where the feedstock is produced.
Income Generation - the additional income from new jobs is likely to have a multiplier effect when spent locally, which can further spur development.
Cheaper Energy – Access to cheaper energy from local bioenergy sources, particularly higher quality energy forms, can help increase agricultural yields and efficiency, particularly through some forms of mechanization, and enable crop preservation.
Business Development - In addition, additional businesses and services requiring energy can be developed.
Higher Quality Energy – such as biogas and electricity can reduce the time women and girls spend in a number of manual activities, such as fetching water and firewood.
Electricity - generated from biofuel can contribute to the goal of universal education by providing light for learning and power for telecommunications.
Improve Health – Electricity can improve the health of rural households by purifying water, refrigerating medicine, sterilizing equipment, and powering health care centers.
Reducing Migration Rates - The job creation, education and health benefits from improving access to higher quality energy can also help reduce the disparity between rural and urban amenities, thus lowering the migration rates to urban centers.
In many developing countries, the growth of metropolitan cities is due mainly to the natural increase of their population growth. This is the trend that Bolivia will see when rural cities are being developed; therefore the feasibility studies will take into consideration the rapid growth of Tiqupaya. It will study the expected growth of health educated rural workforce and the importance for the expansion of manufacturing industries, the development of trade and commerce, and staffing of effective service industries.
The development of towns and cities is of critical importance of national economic growth, both in terms of production for domestic consumption and for export. Productivity of industry and commerce is enhanced by an efficient infrastructure.
This has a direct impact on the economy of the city and by implication on national development. This impact is in terms of output and in the ability of cities and countries to attract investors and to retain local capital and enterprise.