Colombia

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.

Publications

Country brief: Colombia

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

Blogs

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

Important #remotesensing data on deforestation in #Colombia and an important observation: FARC's withdrawal from forest areas after the peace agreement, and a lack of governance, facilitated land grabbing by large landowners and other illegal armed groups

As the Amazon burns, Colombia’s forests decimated for cattle and coca

news.mongabay.com

Load more

External content