Author: Oliver Griffin

Samantha Power, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Juan Gonzalez, Special Assistant to U.S. President Joe Biden, and Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, attend a news conference of the presidential delegation of the U.S. for the inauguration of Colombian President Gustavo Petro, at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Bogota, Colombia, August 8, 2022. REUTERS/Mariana GreiRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterBOGOTA, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Planned policy shifts under Colombia’s new leftist President Gustavo Petro represent a “huge opportunity” in the fight against deforestation and climate change, United States official Samantha…

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A view of a deforested area in the middle of the Yari plains, in Caqueta, Colombia March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa GonzalezRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterBOGOTA, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Deforestation in Colombia shows no signs of abating in 2022 versus 2021, warned environmental groups this week, with destruction of the country’s Amazon region increasing slightly through the end of July.Colombia’s environment ministry last month reported that deforestation rose 1.5% in 2021 compared with 2020, totaling 174,103 hectares (430,218 acres). read more Deforestation in the country’s Amazon rose 3.3% last year to 112,899 hectares, accounting for more than…

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BOGOTA, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Colombia must base its conservation targets on international agreements that push for annual deforestation of 100,000 hectares or less by 2025, incoming Environment Minister Susana Muhamad said on Wednesday.Her sector needs new sources of permanent funding, including carbon taxes, said Muhamad, who takes up her post on Sunday when President-elect Gustavo Petro is inaugurated.Deforestation in the Andean country rose 1.5% to 174,103 hectares (430,218 acres) in 2021, pushed higher by destruction of the Amazon rainforest, according to figures released last month by the government. read more Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterPreservation of…

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A felled tree is seen in the middle of a deforested area of the Yari plains, in Caqueta, Colombia March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa GonzalezRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterBOGOTA, July 15 (Reuters) – Deforestation in Colombia edged up for the second year in a row in 2021, rising 1.5% versus 2020 levels, the environment ministry said on Friday, as environmentalists warned of the impact of a high number of fires this year.In 2021, 174,103 hectares (430,218 acres) of forest were destroyed, the ministry said in a statement.Though no comparative figure was given on Friday, the ministry last year…

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