Earth Report’s Latin America Season continues this week, travelling south from Mexico to Colombia. The ‘Eco Cops’ of Bogota patrol the capital’s streets, fining drivers whose cars have illegally high emissions, and confiscating the rare wildlife that is smuggled through the city. The river that flows through Bogota has been used as a rubbish dump and latrine for over 50 years, but now a clean-up project, ‘Give your heart to the river’ is bringing the river back to life. With over 800cm of rain every year, the Utria National Park is one of the wettest places in the world. This remote wilderness of jungle, reef and mangroves may be threatened by the development of a deep sea port – but in this region of high poverty, opinions are divided about the project. Finally we visit a community where trout farming may provide an income to replace dependence on cultivation of the opium poppy.
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