The ecology of peace: preparing Colombia for new political and planetary climates

Alejandro Salazar, Adriana Sanchez, Juan Camilo Villegas, Juan F. Salazar, Daniel Ruiz Carrascal, Stephen Sitch, Juan Darío Restrepo, Germán Poveda, Kenneth J. Feeley, Lina M. Mercado, Paola A. Arias, Carlos A. Sierra, Maria del Rosario Uribe, Angela M. Rendón, Juan Carlos Pérez, Guillermo Murray Tortarolo, Daniel Mercado-Bettin, José A. Posada, Qianlai Zhuang, Jeffrey S. Dukes

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Colombia, one of the world's most species-rich nations, is currently undergoing a profound social transition: the end of a decades-long conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC. The peace agreement process will likely transform the country's physical and socioeconomic landscapes at a time when humans are altering Earth's atmosphere and climate in unprecedented ways. We discuss ways in which these transformative events will act in combination to shape the ecological and environmental future of Colombia. We also highlight the risks of creating perverse development incentives in these critical times, along with the potential benefits – for the country and the world – if Colombia can navigate through the peace process in a way that protects its own environment and ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-531
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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