|Deforestation in Colombia is set to accelerate with planned budget cuts.|
So, what's the government's response?
|From Semana magazine: 'The cuts which the environmental |
sector will be subjected to in 2018.'
Incredibly, Minister of the Environment Luis Gilberto Murillo doesn't seem troubled by this financial massacre. "The budget isn't the only indicator of the environmental sector's resources," he said. "Resources are being mobilized like never before."
If only he'd explain where those resources are coming from.
The drastic budget cut - and the lack of an outcry over it - reflects the low priority environmental causes receive here. Minister Murillo may be sharp, capable and sincere, but before this job he had no discernable environmental experience. One suspects he's there in order to have an Afro-Colombian face in the cabinet. His predecessor had been a toy company executive.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours