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.

Twitter: #Afghanistan

Established in 2008 with international support, environmental law in #Afghanistan requires that local communities be directly involved in the planning of protected areas and able to benefit from their establishment and operation #biodiversity

In Afghanistan, a new national park carries hopes for conservation and peace

#Afghanistan is under pressure to tap its vast mineral wealth - but at what cost? The Aynak copper deposit holds up to $100bn but mining it would destroy the ancient Buddhist city of Mes Aynak and risk serious pollution to already stressed aquifers

How a Historic Buddhist Site Has Eluded Destruction—for Now

Plans to open-pit mine the ancient city of Mes Aynak in Afghanistan have been put on hold, but the site is still far from safe.

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