Colombia issues red alert as drought caused by El Niño hits water levels across country, threatening reservoirs and potentially leaving Colombians facing restrictions on water and energy use.
Colombia has a lot riding on the future of global climate change action, and also on there being a successful outcome from peace talks with FARC; the two are absolutely linked, and possibly even dependent on each other.
Experts believe that the current El Niño event – already among the strongest ever recorded – will reach its peak soon. But authorities across the region are confident they are as prepared as ever for the consequences.
Governments and multilateral organisations are discussing how to make the most of Latin America’s rich natural resources, in a way that avoids the risk of socio-environmental conflicts and encourages social and economic development.
Colombia proposes an ambitious plan that would establish the world’s largest ‘ecological corridor’, protecting vast swathes of Amazon rainforest stretching from the Andes to the Atlantic coast, with the help of Brazil and Venezuela.
(Translation) Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, writes about Colombia’s peace process and its implications for the rest of the world, in an exclusive column published in Spain’s El País.
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