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Story Publication logo December 9, 2020

Roads or deforestation?: The dilemma facing Caquetá


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This project is a journalistic collaboration between La Silla Vacía and FCDS (Fundación para el...

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Cattle grazing on a hilly farm in Colombia. Image by Lu Yang / Shutterstock.

In Caquetá, there is a fight because Corpoamazonía ordered to close more than 100 kilometers of roads in Cartagena del Chairá and San Vicente del Caguán, the two municipalities with the most deforestation in the country, because they open the way to extensive cattle ranching and land grabbing and threaten to reach the Chiribiquete National Park, Colombia's environmental jewel.

The community, supported by mayors and by representatives to the Chamber of the department, Harry González and Edwin Valdés, opposes the measure because they see the roads as arteries to exit the illegal economy and enter the milkmaid.

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