Lia Valero

Photographer
   
Women Who Stand Against Fracking
Biography: Lia Valero is an award-winning Colombian reporter and photographer. As part of her professional experience, Lia has documented different issues of human rights, gender, memory and conflict and environment  in Bogotá and various regions... MORE
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Women Who Stand Against Fracking
Copyright Lia Valero 2023
Updated Oct 2022
Topics Climate Change, Documentary, Environment, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism
Colombia in one of the dangerous country in the world to be a land and environmental defender.
 
In Puerto Wilches, Santander, a region of northeastern of the country, the future of water and biodiversity is debated between allowing or not the research for exploration of hydrocarbons with fracking techniques. Although these lands have suffered the consequences of large-scale exploitation of hydrocarbons and the monoculture of palm oil for more than seven decades, for the first time different state agencies and oil companies seek to use a technique that has been controversial worldwide due to its environmental impact: fracking.

In the midst of this national debate and the local dispute over water, where part of the community opposes these extractive projects, several women leaders are putting their lives at risk to defend this territory.

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