Colombia moves to protect wilderness rapidly threatened by mining

April 17, 2014 • Shreema Mehta

Here's some good news: Colombia recently announced the quadrupling in size of a protected wilderness area, the Santurban Regional National Park.  The expansion is intended to protect the unique high-altitude páramo ecosystem from large-scale mining and other extractive development. Home to both the Amazon and the páramos, Colombia is a country rich in biodiversity.