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Petro Has a New Plan to Counter Deforestation in Colombia

Petro Has a New Plan to Counter Deforestation in Colombia
The deforested land at an illegal gold mining operation targeted by Colombia’s National Police and armed forces, in Magui Payan, Colombia, April 20, 2021 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).

The government of newly elected Colombian President Gustavo Petro listed countering deforestation as one of its top priorities. But those efforts promise to raise tensions between the central government and local farmers, who in recent years have been on the receiving end of heavy-handed government efforts to counter deforestation.

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