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.
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.
Colombia’s president Petro has signed a six-month ceasefire with the ELN armed group, in this post, James Osbourne examines the environmental benefits that could follow in the event of a lasting settlement.
The need to improve environmental standards in mine action is particularly clear when working in areas with rich or sensitive ecosystems. Kendra Dupuy and Linsey Cottrell report from their field visit to Colombia and on the challenges mainstreaming faces there.
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.
Aerial use of Glyphosate herbicides in Colombia prove too controversial after WHO findings on cancer risks.
The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the world’s most widely used herbicide Roundup as probably carcinogenic in humans. Roundup is widely used in US supported efforts to destroy poppy and coca fields in Colombia’s long running internal conflict and the decision will add to existing concerns over the health impact of aerial spraying.
"For the first time in the peace process in #Colombia, the environment is not just part of the process, it is absolutely central."
Deforestation down sharply in Colombia in 2023
Deforestation in Colombia decreased by 70 % in the first nine months of 2023. The situation remains fragile, with ...
A collapse in the price of coca is leading to reverberating impacts on the environment in #Colombia, including encouraging an expansion of gold mining
As Colombia’s coca economy crashes, new opportunities — and threats — arise
BOGOTÁ — In the world’s major cities, partygoers do lines of cocaine, far removed from the environmental and ...
In this piece, @InvisiblesMuros explores how the relationship between armed groups and deforestation in #Colombia is if anything, growing even more complex, thanks to the new realities of the Petro government's peace initiative
Armed Groups as Forest Protectors in Colombia: A Risky Dynamic
Deforestation has dropped in the country, but the government may not be responsible for all those gains
A new approach to tackling the roots of conflict and inequality in #Colombia as the government announces plans to buy one and a half million hectares of land to increase land access by the rural poor
"This Is A Peaceful Agrarian Reform, We Will Buy The Lands": Minister Of Agriculture
In the dialogue of the Weekend Newscast of Caracol Radio, the Minister of Agriculture Jhenifer Mojica spoke about ...
WWF | A dangerous climate: deforestation, climate change and violence against environmental defenders in the Colombian Amazon
The worsening spiral of environmental destruction and violence since 2016 peace treaty between government and FARC. This study finds that a twin human rights and environmental crisis has intensified in Colombia since the government and rebel army FARC signed a peace treaty in 2016. The demobilisation and disarmament of FARC created a power vacuum in…
CAPAZ | The environment and Indigenous people in the context of the armed conflict and the peacebuilding process in Colombia
Policy brief assessing the impact of the armed conflict in Colombia on the environment and on indigenous peoples, and the application of the rules of IHL and international criminal law to the armed conflict as well as their implications for the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).
Colombian experts are working on a proposal for the new transitional justice to investigate the ways in which the environment and its caretakers have been affected by violence.
Blog analysing the challenges that post-conflict sustainable development will face in Colombia without efforts to strengthen governance at all levels.
In 2015, 24,142 hectares of forest were lost, which is almost 20% of Colombia’s total forested area in that year. The main driving forces of the deforestation are the expansion of the agricultural industry to make room for cattle, along with the commercialization of wood, illicit crops, and illegal mining.
President Santos is expanding national parks but they remain under threat from agriculture.
After five decades of civil war, Colombia is holding more than seven million displaced people, second only to Syria worldwide, now they are returning home.
Pulitzer Center | ‘It’s a Perverse System’: How Colombia’s Farmers Are Reforesting Their Logged Land
Land grabs, government policies and a lack of governance in the regions are all placing Colombia’s environment at risk.
Insights into the factors affecting deforestation in areas of Colombia under the control of armed groups and the government.
After a half-century of conflict, Colombia is regaining control of vast biologically rich areas that had been havens for rebel groups. Now, scientists are racing to create plans for conservation and sustainable development to head off an influx of illegal loggers and miners.
The Dialogue | Peace and Environmental Protection in Colombia: Proposals for Sustainable Rural Development
Report assessing the environmental impact of the armed conflict in Colombia, potential environmental risks in former conflict zones resulting from the implementation of the peace accords, and which identifies the institutional, economic, and policymaking challenges to mitigating those risks.
This panel discussion sought to promote shared understandings of how the donor community and international civil society can support a newly peaceful Colombia to embark on a renewed path of sustainability for its long-term security.
An influential report from Colombia’s Departamento Nacional de Planeación outlining the environmental dimensions of Colombia’s conflict and the peace process.