International day for the prevention of the exploitation of the environment in times of war and armed conflict: all you need to know

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Highlights

  • The day aims to educate people about the effects of war and armed conflict on the environment.
  • When a war takes place, the ecosystem, including the water supply, forest cover and animals are damaged

New Delhi: The United Nations General Assembly in 2001 declared November 6 the International Day for the Prevention of Environmental Exploitation in War and Armed Conflict and this day is celebrated annually on November 6 around the world .

The day aims to educate people about the effects of war and armed conflict on the environment. The day also raises awareness of environmental and ecosystem protection under all circumstances and aims to ensure that no damage is done to the environment during armed conflict.

When a war takes place, the ecosystem, including the water supply, forest cover and animals, are damaged as water wells are polluted, forests are cut down and animals are also killed to obtain a advantage over rivals.

Moreover, in any armed conflict or war, the casualties are always counted in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed towns, livelihoods, among others. The environment remains an unrecognized victim of war because the impact of war on the environment is still ignored.

Thus, in 2016, a resolution was adopted by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to identify the role of healthy ecosystems and sustainably managed resources in reducing the risk of armed conflict and minimizing the impact of wars. and armed conflicts over the environment.

The day highlights how the effects of war deteriorate the natural environment, as the damage and destruction caused by war and armed conflict can have serious and long-term consequences. It also takes into consideration the fact that any environmental damage in times of armed conflict damages ecosystems and natural resources.