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.


Deforestation in conflict areas in 2020

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.

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

#Colombia is poised to resume aerial #Glyphosate spraying against coca, critics argue that the policy "will not reduce violence, but will cause an economic and humanitarian crisis that armed groups will try to exploit."

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Reanudar la fumigación vuelve a dejar a los campesinos sin opciones - Razón Pública

Beautifully visualised guide to the ecosystems of #Colombia and the pressures that they are under

New policy brief from @BrittaSjo and colleagues examines environmental harm linked to the armed conflict in #Colombia, its consequences for Indigenous peoples and the opportunities for legal redress #PERAC #intlaw

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