Decades of conflict have caused serious and widespread land and resource degradation. This has been driven by unsustainable management practices and is now being exacerbated further by climate change. Afghanistan faces a range of issues including remnants of war, water and resource conflicts and corruption, while long-term efforts to rebuild environmental governance and address degradation are being hampered by its ongoing insecurity. Read the Afghanistan briefing.



The slow violence of pollution in Afghanistan

Pollution is killing more people in Afghanistan each year than armed violence. While efforts have been made to build environmental governance since 2003, addressing the health and environmental threats posed by pollution in the face of insecurity, high levels of corruption and with limited financial resources remains an enormous challenge.

Twitter: #Afghanistan

Interesting satellite based analysis of poppy and opium production dynamics in #Afghanistan following the Taliban's ban - this year there has been a dramatic fall, but not across the country.
Some very resolution imagery shows ephedrine labs discharging wastewater.

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