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In search of environmental security at UNEA-4

After two game changing resolutions at its second and third meetings, Doug Weir looks ahead to the Fourth UN Environment Assembly this month to gauge the level of interest in the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts, and finds that the concept of environmental security remains as contested as ever.

And #Yemen blamed "Iranian-backed militias" for the environmental harm in its conflict and who have caused "unnatural disasters", citing the laying of mines as just one of the problems that needs to be documented.

The #DPRK predicted that climate change was increasing the threat from regional conflict and war

#Colombia expressed regret at #UNEA4's inability to reach consensus on a resolution on deforestation, which in Colombia affects 200,000 hectares a year, including forests in its protected areas

#Afghanistan drew attention to the wide range of environmental issues that they face, including those linked to climate change and highlighted how they have all been compounded by nearly four decades of conflict

#Jordan highlighted the environmental impact of the Syrian refugee population that it is hosting and the broader impact on the environment of conflicts and terrorist activities

#Somalia focused almost exclusively on conflict and its environment, addressing waste issues, the illegal charcoal trade, resource exploitation, climate displacement and toxic waste dumping

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And #Yemen blamed "Iranian-backed militias" for the environmental harm in its conflict and who have caused "unnatural disasters", citing the laying of mines as just one of the problems that needs to be documented.

The #DPRK predicted that climate change was increasing the threat from regional conflict and war

#Colombia expressed regret at #UNEA4's inability to reach consensus on a resolution on deforestation, which in Colombia affects 200,000 hectares a year, including forests in its protected areas

#Afghanistan drew attention to the wide range of environmental issues that they face, including those linked to climate change and highlighted how they have all been compounded by nearly four decades of conflict

#Jordan highlighted the environmental impact of the Syrian refugee population that it is hosting and the broader impact on the environment of conflicts and terrorist activities

#Somalia focused almost exclusively on conflict and its environment, addressing waste issues, the illegal charcoal trade, resource exploitation, climate displacement and toxic waste dumping

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