HomeInDepthEnvironmental CrimeDamaged Lands:Environmental Crime in Colombia

Damaged Lands:
Environmental Crime in Colombia

InSight Crime has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to study the criminal activities driving deforestation, forest degradation and biodiversity loss in Colombia. The project -- titled “Transparent Governance of Natural Resources” and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -- tracked illegal mining, land grabbing, illegal logging, and wildlife trafficking in the country’s Amazon and Pacific regions. Also partnering on the project were Transparency for Colombia (Transparencia por Colombia), a branch of Transparency International, and the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible), a conservation group focusing on Colombia’s Amazon region.



InSight Crime and our partner organizations explore the four main drivers of deforestation in Colombia: wildlife trafficking, illegal mining, timber trafficking, and land grabbing.

We also provide a primer on how organized crime acts as a motor for environmental crime, in turn decimating lands and vital species while also stoking violence in Latin America.

More on Environmental Crime

Nature Under Threat in Ecuador as Gold Miners Target National Park

NEWS / 20 JAN 2023

Podocarpus Natural Park in southern Ecuador is only the most recent one to be threatened by encroaching gold miners.

Illegal Mining Spreads to Furthest Reaches of Amazon in Ecuador

NEWS / 2 DEC 2022

Illegal gold mining in the remote Ecuadorian province of Napo has grown at a staggering rate. Environmental crime has grown in parallel.

Wildlife Trafficking Grows in Mexico as Criminals Go Digital

NEWS / 21 NOV 2022

Wildlife traffickers in Mexico are taking advantage of the social media marketplace, placing some of Mexico’s endangered species in peril.

Legal Frameworks to Protect the Amazon Are Being Sorely Tested


Environmental crime is devastating the Amazon. What are these five Amazonian states doing to protect it?…

Corruption: The Common Source of Environmental Crime in the Amazon


Across the countries that share the Amazon basin, corruption that facilitates environmental crime is an open secret.