ROAD WIDENING THREATENS INDIGENOUS POPULATION IN COLOMBIA
Encouraged by the Colombian peace process promising infrastructure advancement across the country, local citizens and municipal governments have started construction to expand the road to Miraflores, Colombia. The 138-kilometer road was carved illegally through rainforest and used by the FARC rebel group to transport coca, from which cocaine is produced. Conservationists argue that the road widening threatens the Nukak community, who have lost their sacred territories used to hunt and fish. A Colombian governmental agency, Corporation for Sustainable Development of the North-East Amazon, recently ordered all construction on the road to stop until further environmental studies could be performed and greater restrictions applied. However, an official said construction activity has not ceased. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2017/05/rebel-road-expansion-brings-deforesta….