South Sudan

South Sudan has been caught in a cycle of civil conflicts since 1955. Now an independent nation, control over natural resources such as oil and timber has been key to its recurrent periods of violence. Once home to some of the richest and most populous wildlife habitats in Africa, insecurity and the availability of arms have driven severe losses in biodiversity, the true extent of which remains unclear. Pollution from its oil industry plagues oil producing areas with lax controls over environmental standards. Read the South Sudan briefing.

Publications

Deforestation in conflict areas in 2020

Deforestation is a common problem for countries affected by conflict. In 2020, COVID-19 placed further constraints on forest management in these areas. This report reviews the latest satellite data on forest loss in seven countries, analysing the forces driving deforestation.

Country brief: South Sudan

A brief introductory overview of the environmental dimensions of the conflict in South Sudan, with facts, figures and further reading.

Blogs

Twitter: #SouthSudan

The UN #HRC48 Commission on #HumanRights in #SouthSudan has published a paper documenting the scale of corruption, environmental damage and harm to public health from its oil industry, with its natural resources and oil revenues a key driver of conflict https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=27519

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