Governor and businessmen in Colombia accused of land grabbing and illegal deforestation

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Local civil servants and small farmers in Guaviare have accused the politcian, large landowners and businessmen of land grabbing and illegal deforestation for oil palm cultivation.

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Cattle ranching driving deforestation in Colombian protected area

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Satellite imagery analysed by MAAP indicates that deforestation within La Paya is driven by cattle ranching. Cleared forests show large pasture areas, fencing, worn cattle paths and even herds of cows.

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Colombian community activist who stood up to plantation firms is shot dead

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Hernan Bedoya defended the collective land rights of Afro-Colombian farmers as well as local biodiversity in the face of palm oil and industrial agriculture expansion. He was allegedly shot dead by a neo-paramilitary group on Friday, December 5.

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Wave of deforestation and land conflict threatens Colombia in wake of peace deal

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Colombia’s forests are facing an uncertain future as the disbandment of guerrilla group FARC opens previous no-go areas to business and agriculture. Deforestation increased by 44 percent in 2016, with most illegal clearances concentrated in remote rainforest areas previously controlled by the guerrilla fighters. Elsewhere, land conflict has already broken out in former FARC strongholds.

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