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13/04/2018

Colombia will limit agriculture in the Amazon to combat deforestation

The president announced that an agricultural border will be marked to limit how far land can be cultivated in order to protect the Amazon forest from deforestation.

Amazon river village sunset at Puerto Nariño, near Leticia, Colombia

"We will define the agricultural border so that we will finally know where we can grow crops and the border where we will take care of the forests," said Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia on an official visit to the department of Amazonas.

Luis Gilberto Murillo, Minister of the Environment, accompanied the president and told the press that the government aims to "reduce deforestation to zero by 2030" with similar measures.

"Normally deforestation in any country increases the first two years after a peace agreement and then begins to fall. We believe that this will happen in Colombia," he added.

Please note that this article was not originally written in this language.
This article is incomplete. Click here to read the full text from its original source, Agencia EFE
Photo Credit: Paulo Philippidis (CC BY 2.0)

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