Placing Blame Where Blame is Due: The Culpability of Illegal Armed Groups and Narcotraffickers in Colombia’s Environmental and Human Rights Catastrophes

William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review, Vol. 29, p. 1, 2004

Posted: 12 Apr 2011

See all articles by Luz Estella Nagle

Luz Estella Nagle

Stetson University - College of Law

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Environmental devastation of man-made origin threaten some of the most sensitive regions of Colombia, where the biodiversity found there is among the most unique in the world. Deforestation due to the cultivation and processing of coca and opium, the collateral damage to the environment from drug interdiction and eradication programs, and the slash and burn agriculture practiced by farmers involved in drug production and displaced indigenous groups forced out of their homelands by drug traffickers have had a drastic impact on Colombia’s precious national resources. The spillover effect of drug trafficking has also impacted sensitive environments in neighboring states, as well. For too long, the illegal armed groups and narcotraffickers causing the environmental devastation have gone without being held accountable for their damaging practices, and the inability of the Colombian government to confront drug-related environmental damage has resulted in increased stress on Colombia biodiversity and indigenous territories. This article examines the impact of drug cultivation and processing on the Colombian environment, the laws and enforcement capacity of the nation to fight it, and looks at how the nation and the international community can curtail the loss of more of Colombia’s natural treasures.

Keywords: illegal armed groups, narcotraffickers, drug traffickers, biodiversity, environmental catastrophe, human rights, deforestation, coca, opium, slash and burn, interdiction, eradication, indigenous people

JEL Classification: K10, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Nagle, Luz Estella, Placing Blame Where Blame is Due: The Culpability of Illegal Armed Groups and Narcotraffickers in Colombia’s Environmental and Human Rights Catastrophes (2004). William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review, Vol. 29, p. 1, 2004 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1807451

Luz Estella Nagle (Contact Author)

Stetson University - College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
38
Abstract Views
580
PlumX Metrics