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

Fair to say that we love everything about this: training ex-combatants in #Colombia to do #citizenscience using @inaturalist. The project "aims to drive sustainable development and empower former members of FARC to become conservationists."

A conservation scientist enlists Colombia’s ex-guerrillas in a new cause: preserving their country’s biodiversity

After years of isolation, former combatants are learning to inventory species and launch ecotourism businesses

This is a fantastic round-up of the environmental dimensions of peace in #Colombia by @BrittaSjo and colleagues

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