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Blog: Approaching mine action in a country rich in biodiversity

Colombia’s rich natural heritage is key to its post-conflict recovery and sustainable development making it vital for humanitarian mine action to minimise its environmental footprint.

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Area of forest cleared for cattle grazing – Caquetá region, Colombia. Deforestation rates increased rapidly after the peace agreement was signed as agriculture returned to disputed areas. Photo: Linsey Cottrell

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The remote controlled Armtrac 20T demining machine, with flail system, San Antonio de Getuchá, Caquetá. Studies are urgently needed on the environmental costs or benefits of mechanical demining. Photo: Linsey Cottrell