Half a century of conflict caused serious damage to the environment but in some areas prevented deforestation in what is a global biodiversity hotspot. Pollution has been caused by deliberate attacks on oil infrastructure and aerial herbicide use, and mercury emissions from gold mining are an ongoing problem. The peace agreement has created new threats to Colombia’s ecosystems as access to forest areas increases and land use changes.


Country brief: Colombia

A brief introductory overview of the environmental dimensions of post-conflict Colombia, with facts, figures and further reading.


Calculating the environmental benefits of peace in Colombia

Colombia’s environment has suffered widespread and severe damage as a result of half a century of armed conflict. With a peace agreement with FARC on the table, the government has been reviewing the financial costs of the damage – and the economic and environmental benefits of peace.

Twitter: #Colombia

Great update from @fsd__ch on the challenge of demining in #Colombia while reducing harm to #biodiversity and the environment - in line with its domestic law cc @NPAdisarm @TaylorAndJam

President Iván Duque has opened a national dialogue for #Colombia in response to popular protests. This is what the environmental dialogue focused on: deforestation, public health and environmental human rights

Duque‘s grand debates: The environment

We dip into the national conversation with a look at what was talked about in yesterday‘s discussion about the environment with President Duque.

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