The National Government, together with the Inter-American Development Bank, will present to international experts the progress of the 'Sustainable Colombia Fund' to international experts. The meeting will take place on September 18 and will be held at the residence of UN Ambassador María Emma Mejía. Freddy Carrera Colombia Confidencial
The country’s Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) recently announced that deforestation rates have rapidly escalated since the signing of a peace deal between FARC and the Colombian government last year that finally ended more than 50 years of conflict. Around 178,597 hectares (690 sq miles) of forest was cleared in 2016, 44 per cent more than in the previous year. Post-conflict Colombia is witnessing opportunistic loggers entering territories where fear of FARC kept them away for decades, and converting them into sites for large-scale agriculture and cattle ranching, road infrastructure projects, or illegal mining. Geographical
Colombia has some of the most biodiverse forests on Earth, and many still haven’t been fully explored because of the decades-long turmoil. “There are species and forests being preserved,” says University of Queensland in Brisbane, Pabloe Negret Torres. “But a peace where we are able to prioritise places important for conservation would be the best.” New Scientist
Our new report Defenders of the Earth found that nearly four people were murdered every week in 2016 protecting their land and the natural world from industries like mining, logging and agribusiness. In Colombia, killings hit an all-time high, despite – or perhaps because – of the recently signed peace deal between the government and the guerrilla group, the FARC. Areas previously under guerrilla control are now eyed enviously by extractive companies and paramilitaries, while returning communities are attacked for reclaiming land stolen from them during half a century of conflict. Story on Global Witness. Download report.
"The Colombian Red Cross has sent specialized personnel who have immediately begun to provide assistance to a population mercilessly hit by the destructive force of nature: Health; Search and Rescue; Water and Sanitation; Management of Corpses; Psychosocial Support; Restoring Family Contacts (RCF); Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (EDAN); Administrative support; K-SAR teams (search and rescue with canines); Communications; Telecommunications, according to the international agency on its website." With the program Litros que ayudan, you can donate water. El Molino Online
As thousands of people waited along 7th Avenue for the Pope's motorcade to roll in front of the Universidad Javeriana, scientists, religious leaders, environmentalists and representatives of ethnic communities met in that institution's Jaime Hoys auditorium to discuss the recognition of the human right to water, its implications in the peace and reconciliation process that Colombia is undergoing and the involvement of all social sectors in building a better future for the Common Home, a concept coined by the pope in his encyclical "Laudato Sí."”. El Espectador
Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, as measured by species richness. But over the past half century it has also been home to a brutal civil war, inflicting death and displacement on its citizens, with negative repercussions on its natural environment. However grim, conflict itself is not necessarily bad for biodiversity. While the lack of governance in war zones can encourage illegal mining and deforestation, a resulting reduction in development can also mean the natural environment is not exposed to pressures it might otherwise face. So, peace brings a fresh environmental challenge.[...] Throughout the text of the peace agreement, the goal of maintaining social and environmental sustainability was stressed. It called for the establishment of agricultural workers’ associations, for example, with the aim of protecting the environment, while substituting illegal drug crops for food production. The agreement also set out plans for environmental zoning to mark out the agricultural frontier. The Conversation
A new report says deforestation in Colombia increased considerably in 2016, with over a third of deforestation occurring in FARC concentration zones created as part of the country's historic peace process, raising questions about the environmental impacts of the guerrilla demobilization.
A total of 178,597 hectares of land were deforested in Colombia in 2016, according to a new report from Colombia's Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies Institute (Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales - IDEAM). This figure represents a 44 percent increase from the 124,035 hectares of land deforested in 2015. Insight Crime
The Forests for Peace in Colombia seek to plant one tree for every one of the over 8 million victims of the Colombian civil war, a staggering figure that includes the dead, the disappeared, and the displaced over the course of close to 60 years of one of the world's longest civil wars and which is coming to an end since peace became a reality this year. El Tiempo
Peace brings hope and also destruction to La Macarena. Without the threat of rifles, environmental rules have lost strength. In the last two summers fishing has multiplied and everyone has taken advantage of it to expand their land. [...] FARC and the communities established a strict ban on the hunting of tapir and paujil and limited that of other species. These measures, sustained for 20 years, paid off. Maybe that's why the Manaos, that huge herd of wild pigs-up to 200 individuals-disappeared in the 1980s. But that powerful symbol of the jungle is again threatened. El Espectador