Peace and Environmental Protection in Colombia: Proposals for Sustainable Rural Development

Peace and Environmental Protection in Colombia: Proposals for Sustainable Rural Development

Source: The Dialogue, 2017

Author(s): Lorenzo Morales

Countries: Colombia

Topics: Assessment, Economic Recovery , Governance, Land, Livelihoods, Peace Agreements

Added: 09/03/2017

 

Armed conflict and the environment are deeply intertwined in Colombia—the war has determined how land has been defined, occupied, and utilized. Given the weak state presence in conflict zones, land occupation has often been spontaneous and unplanned. Mass displacement of populations—Colombia has the world’s second highest level of internal migration after Syria— has extended the agricultural frontier and led to the creation of “poverty belts” in major cities. Displacement has sparked conflict and allowed armed groups to gain control over large swathes of the national territory, including many areas of vast natural wealth. 

 

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