Afghanistan

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.

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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.

Twitter: #Afghanistan

"If the authorities and the international community don't step up to this challenge now, #Afghanistan could face a calamity as we head into the next winter"

In spite of warnings, poor management by the government has compounded the risks communities face from drought in #Afghanistan

The complex social and legal framework for water management in #Afghanistan is under pressure from conflict and climate change, and yet #water could be a tool for peacebuilding and cooperation

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