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 increased and land use changes accelerated deforestation rates. Read the Colombia briefing.


Report: 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.

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#Colombia tried militarised responses to spiralling deforestation rates - they didn't work because they didn't address the root causes, confronting the rural poor and not the corrupt elites behind agricultural expansion.

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Armed Force Isn’t Saving Colombia’s Forests, But a New Effort Might

In six years since Colombia signed a peace agreement with its largest rebel movement, farmers, miners, loggers and ...

#BLOG The deadly conflict in the Los Pozos oil block in el #Caquetá, #Colombia which left 2 dead on March 2, could have been avoided if existing social and environmental standards for Chinese companies in the country had been adopted, says @ambienteysoc.

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Irreparable damage to the environment caused by the Ombú oil block in the Amazon foothills of...

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