Located some 240 km south of the Bolivia’s capital La Paz, shallow and saline Lake Poopó was once Bolivia’s second-largest lake. In late 2014, with water levels decreasing and water temperature on the rise, local fisherman reported a massive die-off of fish and shorebirds. By late-2015 the lake had virtually disappeared, with far-reaching ecological, climatological and social implications. While fishing cooperatives and communities all around the lake were negatively affected, arguably the greatest impact of the lake’s drying has been experienced by the three communities of Urus indigenous peoples, located on what had once been the lake’s eastern shore.
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