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Deforestation poses a serious risk in Colombia

Report Links Spike in Colombia Deforestation to FARC Demobilization

A new report says deforestation in Colombia increased considerably in 2016, with over a third of deforestation occurring in FARC concentration zones created as part...
Trump's withdrawal from the Paris deal could hurt security in Latin America

How Trump’s Environmental Policy Undermines LatAm Security

US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a global agreement to fight climate change hinders efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Latin America...
Drug trafficking has been linked to deforestation in Central America

Drug Traffickers Destroying Large Sections of CentAm Forests: Report

A new study estimates that up to 30 percent of all deforestation in three Central American countries is due to cocaine trafficking, providing some much-needed data...
Indigenous territory in Nicaragua

Nicaragua Indigenous Leader Says Loggers Offering Weapons for Wood

An indigenous leader in Nicaragua says loggers are offering weapons to his community in exchange for illegally logging forests in their territory, providing yet...
Loggers move tree trunks down the Putaya River in Peru

Corruption, Lack of Capacity Drive Illegal Logging in Peru: Report

A new investigation by the Associated Press has shed additional light on how corruption and lack of political will act as prime drivers of Peru's lucrative illegal...
GFI estimates transnational crime to be a multi-trillion dollar industry annually.

Governments Must Go After the Money to Combat Transnational Crime: Report

A new report estimates that transnational crime in the developing world may be a multi-trillion dollar annual business, generating huge illicit financial flows that...
Brazil's Minister of the Environment, Sarney Filho

Brazil Launches Program to Trace Illegal Logging in Amazon

Authorities in Brazil have announced a new strategy to reduce illegal logging and timber trafficking in the Amazon, but the plan is likely to face serious obstacles...
Land activists are more likely to be killed in Honduras than anywhere else in the world.

Report Reveals Intersection of Development Projects, Organized Crime in Honduras

A new report by the watchdog group Global Witness suggests that state institutions co-opted by business and political elites helped transform Honduras into the...
Indigenous environmental activist Isidro Baldenegro López

Mexico Activist’s Murder Highlights Environmental Threat of Organized Crime

The murder in Mexico of indigenous activist and human rights defender Isidro Baldenegro López highlights the inevitablity of deadly collisions between...
Slain activist Berta Cáceres

High Profile Honduras Murder Case File Stolen

In an incredible turn of events, the case file in the murder of Honduras' activist Berta Cáceres was apparently stolen, leaving the government and the...
Hundreds of jaguar's teeth have been seized in Bolivia

Chinese Smugglers Driving Up Jaguar Killings in Bolivia

The trafficking of jaguar teeth from Bolivia's natural parks to China has sparked worries that Asian smugglers are boosting this illegal...
Exotic birds are among the most trafficked animals

Colombia Investigation Reveals Workings of Wildlife Traffickers

Authorities in Colombia say they have dismantled the largest wildlife trafficking ring ever discovered in the country, lifting the veil on the shadowy networks...