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VIDEO | A Broken Canopy: Deforestation and Conflict in Colombia
VIDEO | A Broken Canopy: Deforestation and Conflict in Colombia

VIDEO | A Broken Canopy: Deforestation and Conflict in Colombia

Bram Ebus, Crisis Group consultant for the Andes, investigates how deforestation in Colombia is often linked to conflict.

In Colombia, deforestation is often linked to conflict. The peace deal between the government and the FARC guerrillas included promises to safeguard the country’s jungles. 

But when the FARC laid down their weapons at the end of 2014, other armed groups moved into the vacuum, accelerating forest loss in nature reserves by encouraging cattle ranching, coca farming and other unregulated businesses. Meanwhile, victims of the war, displaced from their land, also contribute to the cutting of forests as they seek new means of survival.

For this video, Bram Ebus, Crisis Group consultant for the Andes, travelled to deforestation hotspots to investigate. 

Read Crisis Group's full report “A Broken Canopy: Deforestation and Conflict in Colombia"

A Broken Canopy: Deforestation and Conflict in Colombia