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.



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 Kabul's residents are increasingly resorting to digging deep wells to access water. Poor rains and damage to water infrastructure from conflict means that just 32% of its residents have access to running water

In Kabul, Residents Chase Receding Groundwater - Circle of Blue

The number and depth of wells is constantly increasing in Afghanistan’s capital city.

“Before the tree-planting project, the slopes were empty and desert-like. Floods often destroyed houses and property during spring due to heavy rains." @UNEnvironment's Building Environmental Resilience in #Afghanistan programme:

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