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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Can swapping coca for cocoa help preserve forests and build peace in #Colombia via @worldresources

"Peace for man means war for nature" short film on the environmental consequences of peace in #Colombia - including the story of the "Farc frog"; peace is accelerating forest loss and resource exploitation

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