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.

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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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Looking back at an innovative 5 year conservation project in #Colombia that has sought to protect key species in the middle Magdalena river basin - an that was heavily affected by armed conflict and is under pressure from land use changes (ES)

Colombia: cinco años protegiendo a cinco especies en peligro en el Magdalena Medio

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Useful backgrounder on the debate in #Colombia over the resumption of aerial coca spraying with #Glyphosate and the connection between any decision and the country's peace deal

www.washingtonpost.com

Modest good news for #Colombia but this is a 10% decrease on what is a very high rate of deforestation, which has increased since the peace deal

Colombia registers first drop in deforestation since 2016 FARC peace deal

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