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In short:

  • Colombia's peace accord includes extensive environmental provisions, serving as a model for other conflict zones like Ukraine and Gaza.
  • Few peace agreements globally include environmental protections, highlighting Colombia's unique approach.
  • Environmental damages from wars are vast, including contamination, deforestation, and infrastructure destruction.

Key quote:

"Peaceful postwar society requires not only respect for human rights but also protection of the environment."

— Richard Marcantonio, University of Notre Dame.

Why this matters:

Addressing environmental damage in peace accords is critical for sustainable recovery and long-term peace. Neglecting this aspect can lead to prolonged health crises and renewed conflicts. Read more: As inevitable as blood and taxes.

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