Environmental Policy in Post-Conflict Colombia


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A Conversation with Colombia’s Environment Minister

The peace process has important implications for environmental policy in Colombia. Many believe that the end of the half-century long conflict with the FARC promises to reduce illegal mining, oil spills, and other consequences of guerrilla activity. At the same time, the government is designing an environmental agenda to manage and limit deforestation in former conflict zones as large swaths of the country are opened up to economic development. Colombia has also set clear climate change goals related both to the post conflict and to its Paris Climate Accord commitments.

The Dialogue is pleased to welcome Colombia’s minister of environment and sustainable development, Luis Gilberto Murillo, for an open discussion on his country’s post-conflict environmental agenda. For more on this topic, read the Dialogue’s report: Peace and Environmental Protection in Colombia: Proposals for Sustainable Rural Development.

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Luis Gilberto Murillo

Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia (@LuisGMurillo)


Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)



Luis Gilberto Murillo was named Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development in April 2016. Previously, Murillo served as manager of President Santos’ Pacific Plan Program, governor of the department of Chocó, and director of Chocó’s regional environmental authority, Codechocó. He has also been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Environment Program and USAID.

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