Colombia is known for its unexplored biodiverse rainforests and for the 50-year civil war between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and their government that ended with a peace agreement in 2016. Now, former guerrilla combatants are helping to preserve and document the biodiversity in these rainforests in an effort to reintegrate into society, help local tourism and create sustainable environment-based business ideas. Jaime Góngora, a wildlife geneticist at the University of Sydney, started a program called, "Peace with Nature," that teaches techniques to perform biodiversity inventories which makes use of ex-FARC combatants' extensive knowledge of the rainforest. With support from Colombia's government and international funding, the project has shown how having the shared goal of protecting and preserving the natural environment can foster dialogue, healing and reconciliation after an armed conflict.

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