Cardona, who was coordinator of ProAves's Andean Parrot Reserve, was missing since January 8. According to his Foundation, he was last seen in the village of La Union, in southwestern Colombia.
Local authorities have not made any statement about the activist's death, so the violent incident remains unclear. However, ProAves assured that its forest guard was murdered for his environmental work.
"Cardona is another victim of the increasing violence against human rights defenders and activists in Colombia," stated the NGO.
Colombia’s Indepaz reports that Gonzalo Cardona Molina is the first environmental activist killed in the country in 2021. Two years ago, in 2019, Colombia was the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists, according to @Global_Witnesshttps://t.co/L3F9d75f0L