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 increased and land use changes accelerated deforestation rates. Read the Colombia briefing.

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Deforestation in conflict areas in 2020

Deforestation is a common problem for countries affected by conflict. In 2020, COVID-19 placed further constraints on forest management in these areas. This report reviews the latest satellite data on forest loss in seven countries, analysing the forces driving deforestation.

Country brief: Colombia

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

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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.

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Interesting new paper on Indigenous resistance to gold mining in #Colombia - important perspectives when considering the use of high value natural resources in environmental peacebuilding https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214790X21001155

A new report by @EIAEnvironment has revealed how beef sold in Colombian supermarkets is fuelling illegal deforestation in protected Amazon forests and contributing to financing armed groups https://eia-global.org/reports/20210527-tainted-beef-report #Colombia

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