The environmental impact of cocaine

Vice President Francisco Santos Calderón of Colombia spoke at UCLA on February 25, 2009 about "The Shared Responsibility Initiative: Cocaine's Ecocide in Colombia," an international campaign led by his office to create awareness about the major environmental and social damages resulting from coca cultivation, cocaine production and the international drug trade.

One of the world's most biodiverse countries, Colombia has lost nearly 5.5 million acres of tropical rainforest over the past 20 years to coca cultivation and continues to suffer from frequent drug-fueled violence.

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