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International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
6 November


“Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War”


This documentary is an independent production, inspired by UNEP's post-conflict environmental assessment reports.

The environment remains war's "silent casualty", as sadly demonstrated by the impacts from warfare over the past half-century. The environment is damaged through all stages from production of weapons through preparations for war to combat. As a result of conflict, the environment is damaged either directly from bombs and associated destruction, or indirectly by looting and coping strategies of people, or from the decay and breakdown of institutions and lack of governance. These environmental impacts threaten human health, livelihoods and security and have real potential to undermine post-conflict peacebuilding. Since 1999, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has conducted over 20 post-conflict assessments using state-of-the-art science to determine the environmental impacts of armed conflict and to recommend appropriate ways for recovery.

UNEP provided technical advice on the script, as well as footage from the field mission in Afghanistan.

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