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

The Duque government in #Colombia has published a new National Development Plan that seeks to securitise the environment, argues @EGudynas, "to accept this in a development plan is to incorporate a logic of war also in environmental policy"


La militarización de la gestión ambiental es una de las consecuencias de las Bases del Plan Nacional de Desarrollo 2018-2022 que acaba de presentar ...

A new project involving @CopernicusEU @UNEnvironment and @EITRawMaterials will use the UN MapX platform to collate data on the environmental impact of alluvial gold mining in #Colombia

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