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.

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Reading the criticisms of the #DasguptaReview and its commodification of nature. It references payment for ecosystem services in #Colombia - an example of paying off more powerful landowners when we should be communicating the intrinsic value of forests?

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Great opp to hear 4 leading #environmentalpeacebuilding scholars present their new work on #Colombia, #TimorLeste #Yemen, #SierraLeone. CC @adelphi_berlin @TheWilsonCenter @EnvPeacebuild @UNEP @detoxconflict @CarlBruch @esweinthal @AlexanderCarius @rmatthew99 @KenConca

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Join us and @eliorg today at 9:30 a.m. ET for the launch of @IAJournal_CH's special issue on #EnvironmentalPeacebuilding and a discussion on how the field of environmental peacebuilding is evolving.

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Environmental Governance for Peace in #Colombia - a two day online conference being organised by @EnvPeacebuild 18-19 March - full details here:

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