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.
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