|Who is an Amauta?
An Amauta is a person who lives on the platform of
absolute dedication to the truth.
He does not compromise this dedication for any motive
and therefore is capable of being everyone's benefactor
We are currently dedicated to sustainability in a very
practical way - our advice think globally, act locally.
|The Amauta Project
The Creation of an Agriculturally based educational
Center of Knowledge
Outreaching to the World from fron the Uyuni Salt Flats.
Why Agriculturally based?
Year 2010 is a magic anniversary. It is the bicentennial anniversary of the independence
of many Latin American countries like Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela,
These were the seeds that resulted in the creation of Bolivia as a nation. The
Organization of American States (OAS) proposes to take advantage of this opportunity
to launch a monumental hemispheric project that will become an emblem of culture and
knowledge in the 21st. Century.
Instead of constructing an Eiffel Tower or any other architectonic wonder, the OAS
proposes to celebrate this bicentennial promoting the social integration and economic
development of the hemisphere through regional cooperation for the development of
applied research into science and technology.
The Department of Science and Technology of the OAS recommends the creation of a
multidisciplinary network of around 30 applied science advanced research institutes
adjusted to the particular needs of the member states in order to promote cooperation,
innovation and scientific development directed towards the creation and support of new
areas of productivity and labor.
This work can be accomplished following the example of such institutes as the Max
Plank Institute or the Pasteur Institutes that have been spread in close to 23 countries.
The New Pasteur Institute of Montevideo and the Max Plank Institute of Argentina to be
inaugurated 2008 in Argentina could be the links that begin the development of this
project. It is significant to note that despite the fact that there are many Pasteur Institutes
in Asia and Africa, there is only one in our region. If others can do it, then certainly OAS
can and must do it.
Search for the truth and apply in scientifically.
The search for truth is one whether we use the empiric method or any spiritual path where
introspection attempts to contact the source of all 'truth" within ourselves.
The search for the truth is a necessity and a duty of the human species, a necessity because
everyone needs a framework to enact his activities.
Perception is relative to conscioussness, thus everyone perceives the truth relatively different
and according to their individual level of conscioussness. We therefore have infinite varieties
of relative truths and people gather arround groups of simmilar interest and beliefs. There is
therefore a necessity for an acceptance and tolerance of everyone's point of view in society at
large as well as a forum in which everyone is welcome to participate and share their
realizations. We hope that this webpage will provide a hub for the seeker and the teacher from
all disciplines and ways of searching for the truth, aplyig it scientifically and observing and
comparing the results objectively.
The Amauta Institute was conceived as the Bolivian contribution to the global plan presented by the
department of Sciencet and Technology of the OAS to commemorate the bicentennial of the Independence
of the Latin-American countries.
The creation odf a network of centers of excellence in science and technology and innovation is
emblematic of this Millennium, our societies and our cultures based on knowledge. The fact that the first
Bicentennial project takes place in BOLIVIA, the country that bears the name of the Libertador Simon
Bolivar, carries a particular significance
AMAUTA is a center of Culture, Science, Technology and Innovation, sponsored by the Organization of
American State (OAS).
It will be developed with thecooperation of prestigious Universities and Institutions of the world,
harmonizing ancestral and contemporary knowledge under the holistic paradigm of “Living well” and
acting as an intellectual magnet within and outside Bolivia:
• AMAUTA will enable a quantum leap from a pre-industrial to a post-industrial society without the
environmental and social penalties of an industrialized economy and with much greater yields.
• AMAUTA will create or reinforce schools of technology in Bolivia, in coordination with existing
institutions and in collaboration with the Bolivian Armed Forces, which have recently received a new
mandate to become a Peace Corps.
• AMAUTA will have several satellite campuses in different ecological floors (Altiplano, Valleys, Chaco
and Jungle)respecting biodiversity and native cultures , thus developing a sustainable model for
education and vocational training in the different factors of production for Bolivia and the Hemisphere
within the postulate of “living well”.
• AMAUTA will establish Research and Innovation Institutes for the Andean region in mineralogy, in
clean energies, in indigenous anthropology, in eco-tourism and in information technologies. The regional
vocation of these institutes will be emphasized and encouraged. It should become a pole of attraction for
students, post graduate fellows and scientists from Bolivia and neighboring countries and from the world
over with “soft power” (1)
• AMAUTA will permit the use of natural strategic resources - particularly Lithium - by consolidating
ancestral proprietary rights on the Salar de Uyuni for the prosperity of the local people, Bolivia and the
world at large.
• AMAUTA will organize groups of strategic investigation (think tanks) in order to generate, with the
participation of the private sector, jobs for the youth and the indigenous people and opportunities for
|THE AMAUTA PROJECT
The project is divided in several modules, organized in four areas that constitute the
vertices of the tetrahedron with a central sphere as the School of the Culture of Life
that proposes: “Living well”. Of note: each one of these areas considers the
application of scientific knowledge through technology, having a strong practical base
and being therefore a highly productive and profitable project from its inception.
Education and Training constitutes the central pivot for all disciplines and all modules. They are the
first objectives. The curriculum of studies for the young technologists will be evaluated and
designed with the collaboration of dynamic institutions of the region. Contacts have been made in
particular with the Ecole de Technologie superieure de Montreal, recognized in the Hemisphere for
its pragmatic approach and the insertion in the curriculum of internship in the industrial milieu.
The paradigm: “Living well” requires the training of people within a moral and ethical frame to
achieve excellence in harmony with nature through the application of ancestral and contemporary
knowledge. These concepts must be introduced early in the curriculum.
The conception of the AMAUTA project and its implementation is inspired by the great teachers of
past civilizations which constitutes the essence of the ”Amauta”. This implies concentration efforts
on human resources which have a far superior value to other material resources and in fact they
give meaning to the latter.
|The Vertices of the Tetrahedron: The Different Institutes
INDIGENOUS ANTHROPOLOGY: The Indigenous Anthropological Institute of the Abya-Yala (pre-
Columbian name for the Americas) of Original Cultures with emphasis on the Indigenous people of
the America Bolivia does possess one of the oldest, largest and brilliant cultures (Aymara and
Quechua) of the Hemisphere.
AMAUTA is based on intercultural and multinational vision. The anthropology institute will be a
School of self-sufficient Ecological economics, based on sustainable models.. It will develop and
propagate knowledge about traditional, current and emerging cultures. Health Spa, Yoga and
Spiritual Retreat approaches will be used and naturopathic therapies will be studied and evaluated.
2. CLEAN ENERGY & LITHIUM TECHNOLOGY
The area of the SALAR DE UYUNI could be considered the largest laboratory of Clean and
Renewable Energy on the Planet. Its geography receives perpendicular solar radiation through a
tenuous atmosphere with stable low humidity. The area houses geysers and volcanoes and the
wind blows continuously across the high Andean plateau. It has the largest proven concentration
of Lithium in the planet, a variety of metallic and non-metallic resources and is coupled with the
second largest deposits of Natural gas in South America. The AMAUTA module on Clean and
Renewable Energy will, in collaboration with government or university experts from Bolivia and
international institutions will train personnel for the development of:
• Solar Energy: The sun constitutes the main power plant of the planetary system. The energy
that it produces in a second could almost supply all the power necessities of our planet during a
million years. Bolivia has gigantic extensions that can capture solar energy year round.
• Wind Energy: By means of wind farms and in conjunction with solar power, towns, farms or
individual houses can be supplied without a network of energy transmission.
• Geothermal Energy: The energy that exists in geysers, volcanoes including thermal waters
and ice caps can be used in power complexes with the other renewable energies have the
potential to supply energy to the national grid and be exported to the neighboring countries.
• Lithium Resources: The most developed and successful energy storage in use today is the
lithium battery, notwithstanding its uses in non-polluting air conditioning, pharmaceutical,
ceramics and metallic alloys among others. It is the element of today and the future. Bolivia could
produce the batteries to change the energy paradigm in transportation worldwide: from
hydrocarbon-combustion to electrical-lithium.
• Natural Gas: Liquefaction and value-added technologies are sorely needed for domestic and
regional use (Mercosur). In combination with methane derived from biomass completes the
vehicular power generation cycle.
• Other Strategic mineral and non-mineral resources, including nuclear isotopes will be taken
into consideration within the scope of this project.
The fabrication of Lithium-ion batteries, gas liquefaction technologies, enrichment and purification
of salts, including development of proprietary methods and techniques are the immediate by-
product of AMAUTA.
3. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES.
This is the industry that has offered more yields in the present age and is also one of the least
environmentally polluting. The AMAUTA module of Information and communication technologies
will train and develop the disciplines related to software and hardware as it relates with clean
energy interaction with electronics, photonics and fiber-optics to optimize the natural
harmonization of the other vertices of the tetrahedron. Some of the tasks are:
• Software design and development: As a gauge of profitability: Microsoft generates 20 times
more revenue than the whole of Bolivia’s oil and gas production with 10% of what Bolivia invests
in its oil industry generating far more opportunities in its uses particularly amongst the young.
Language translation, outsourcing, monitoring and control are some of the areas within the scope
of this vertex. Of note: “The ATAMIRI” (signaler in Aymara) is a computer program created by the
Bolivian programmer Iván Guzmán de Rojas. This program is a scientific translator based in the
Aymara language with the capabilities of simultaneously translating into several languages.
• Game development of software by the young and very young: (12 yrs and older) as it
happens in Colombia through parks of creativity and technology will become part of the Total
Integration of Amauta with more physical contact than anyone in the Hemisphere.
• Communications: Potential profitability arises from the existence of terminating black fiber in
Bolivia that also happens to be a natural distributor of communications and Energy by virtue of its
central location and being the country
4. SUSTAINABILITY & ETNO / ECO TOURISM
The fundamental right to physical, environmental, mental and spiritual health is recognized by the
indigenous Cosmo-vision as of a necessity to save the modern world and the planet. The
ecological and ethical treatments of areas - from the individual to the communities to the great
territories - are to be developed in harmony with Nature to foster a healthy lifestyle.
Our common heritage consists on Water, Land and Air, which are finite and require preservation,
conservation and re-generation of Natural environments providing balance for the prosperity of
Humans, Animals and Plants alike. –.
The Institute of Sustainability and Etno / Eco Tourism will train personnel through Scientific
Research and Technical Innovation in:
• Biodiversity and Forests
• Bioengineering and Architecture
• Water Recovery and Purification
• Sewage Treatment and phyto-remediation
• Bio-fuel production (not from food stocks)
• Agro-Ecology and Food Production:
• Ethno- and eco-tourism:
The natural preservation, conservation and regeneration of the environment open the door to the
propagation of tourism within the framework of the wisdom of the Amautas, tourism geared to
ecological and educational purposes. The natural beauty of the environment will contribute to eco-
tourism as well as the cultural and anthropological wealth will stimulate contemporary tourism.
|The Amauta project constitutes Bolivia’s response for the
implementation of many of the OAS mandates.
AMAUTA is properly framed within various resolutions of the OAS; among them: The declaration
of Panama about “Energy for Sustainable Development” (AGDC.52 (/XXXVII-O/07)), “Poverty,
Equity and Social Inclusion”: Following the declaration of Margarita (AG/RES. 2307 (XXXVII-O/07)),
The Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development 2006-2009 (CIDI/RES. 178 (XI-O/06)),
(AG/RES. 2201 (XXXVI-O/06) and the objectives 3 & 4 from the Strategic Plan for Solidarity and
Cooperation for the Integral Development 2006-2009.
The Bolivian Ministry of Planning has adopted the AMAUTA project in its National Development
Plan, including the official participation of the vice-ministries of Science & Technology, Mining,
Energy and Tourism.
The Bolivian government has already started a pilot plant for the processing of Lithium salts with
an initial investment of $US 6,7 million for a total of $US 150 million.
Bolivia, OAS and associated countries will support the project from pre-investment to final design.
They will establish the project coordination for the cooperation with Bolivian government
agencies that will participate in the different areas of the project. On the other hand, there is a
fundamental need to invest in Bolivia’s productivity. The activities of infrastructure and
production will have to be initiated promptly to generate jobs and attract investment.
Of note, the OAS is contributing with the necessary seed funds and management to engage the
International Community for their ample and generous support for the accomplishment of this
Project which goes beyond one county or one hemisphere and involves the very sustainability of
The project comprises many areas, including the Millennium Objectives, The treaties on
Biodiversity, The Climate Change Convention, etc. International Cooperation is welcomed and
needed and this is the type of project that has Universal appeal. AMAUTA, as an associate project
of OAS would become part of the network of 30 Institutes, thus facilitating financing negotiations.
To this effect, AMAUTA invites the participation of the best human resources of the world and the
Bolivian human resources expatriated in search for opportunity.
AMAUTA will create satellite institutes adequate to the needs of the different geographies in
coordination with their governments and municipalities enabling links and ties with the other
countries participants of the OAS project.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AMAUTA must to first create an international Board of Directors and a consulting group of experts
to act as advisors for the administrators of the State of Bolivia as well as for indigenous
communities and other local organizations.
AMAUTA needs the assistance of International Technical and Financial resources. We are in the
process of establishing a transparent legal framework through the participation of a board of
Directors made by a selected group of countries leaders in International Development,
Sustainability and Clean Energy technologies.
To date and in alphabetical order, the following countries – through their Ambassadors and
appropriate agencies have being invited and offered their support.