Colombia’s constitutional court grants rights to the Atrato River and orders the government to clean up its waters

One the many tributaries to the Atrato that snakes through Chocó. Photo by Bram Ebus for Mongabay.

CHOCÓ, Colombia – Rivers, forests and its inhabitants are inseparably connected in Colombia’s Chocó department on the country’s northwest coast. The gravity of the contamination that has begun to affect the well-being of the whole aquatic ecosystem and adjacent riverine communities recently got the attention of Colombia’s higher judicial powers.

Read my article for Mongabay.

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