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.



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.

ISAF’s environmental legacy in Afghanistan requires greater scrutiny

NATO’s presence in Afghanistan included 1200 properties, from major airbases to small forward operating bases. Environmental oversight was mixed and the Afghan national authorities had limited capacity for investigating contamination or other forms of damage. Furthermore, the bilateral agreements between Afghanistan and major NATO contributing nations provided very limited scope for environmental redress.

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In #Afghanistan the government and Taliban are fighting over control of a dam that is the main source of electricity for Helmand and Kandahar provinces. The US has invested $775m in it and its infrastructure since 2004, while the local town lies ruined

Inside Afghanistan's Desperate Battle to Control a Dam in Taliban Country

The only way in or out is by helicopter.

In common with most counties affected by conflict, #Afghanistan struggles with waste and chemicals management. This @UNEnvironment blog outlines measures underway to build systems intended to reduce the health and environmental burden of pollution

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