Talking tactics: Environmental protection and armed conflicts

Publication date:
June 2020

Whilst the human cost of war is profound and undisputed, war’s environmental consequences have received far less attention, despite their potential for significant and long-term harm to human health and ecosystems. This edition of the environmental SCIENTIST examines the environmental dimensions of conflicts: how the environment can be affected by armed conflicts and military activities, and what can be done to increase its protection. Read about how citizen science could help to protect people and ecosystems, why deforestation rates can soar after the fighting has stopped, and the promise and perils of protected zones.

  1. The science of destruction - Oli Brown
  2. Environmental damage from armed conflict - Linsey Cottrell
  3. Closing the environmental monitoring gap in conflicts​ - Doug Weir
  4. Post-conflict deforestation in Colombia - Joseph Martin
  5. Eyes in the sky - Eoghan Darbyshire
  6. Intertwined but apart: natural heritage in cultural property protection​ - Emma Cunliffe
  7. IES photography competition: nature during lockdown
  8. The promise and perils of protected zones​ - Stavros-Evdokimos Pantazopoulos
  9. Conceptual site models to support environmental management of training areas - Ole Feurer, Tracey Temple and Melissa Ladyman
  10. Post-conflict and post-disaster waste management - Thorsten Kallnischkies
  11. Rapid environmental assessments in conflict and post-conflict areas - C. Kelly
  12. Landmines and the environment – can we do better? - Linsey Cottrell and Kendra Dupuy
  13. Environmental considerations in peace operations - Annica Waleij
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