The Colombian government has been ordered to take urgent action to protect the Amazon rainforest by its own supreme court.
In a historic ruling, the country’s most senior judges said the state had not done enough.
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“It is clear, despite numerous international commitments, regulations … that the Colombian state has not efficiently addressed the problem of deforestation in the Amazon,” the supreme court said.
Colombia’s rainforest covers an area roughly the size of Germany and England combined but is slowly being destroyed by farming, agriculture, cocaine production, illegal mining and logging.
The judges said the rate of deforestation – an important factor in climate change – increased by 44 per cent between 2015 and 2016 and lead to “imminent and serious” damage to children and adults.