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

Concerns raised over #glyphosate exposure's impact on reproductive health ahead of a planned resumption of aerial coca spraying in #Colombia

Glyphosate's Harmful Effects on Reproductive Health in Colombia

Helpful overview of the state of protected areas in #Colombia and the lack of a role for the indigenous peoples who inhabit them in their governance #biodiversity

Alluvial #gold mining in #Colombia has been closely linked with its conflict and until a recent reduction in use, mercury pollution. This @MapX_UN story map from Elsy Ibrahim uses remote sensing to investigate vegetation loss in one area of Antioquia

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