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

President Juan Manuel Santos of #Colombia has announced that the country intends to add 8 million hectares to its protected areas, and signed a decree granting indigenous communities the ability and autonomy to govern their own territories.

Francia Márquez of #Colombia is a recipient of the 2018 @goldmanprize for her advocacy against illegal gold mining and the environmental damage and mercury pollution that it causes

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