Today is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Encironment in War and Armed Conflict.
Over 50% of Afghanistan’s natural pistachio woodlands were cut to sell wood for income or to stockpile fuelwood in case access to the forests would be lost.
The presence of landmines also drove farmers into pistachio woodlands to grow food, reducing forest cover even further.
UN Environment’s assessment in 2003 found that the productivity of the land base was on the brink of collapse, driving people from rural to urban areas in search of food and employment.
Peace in Afghanistan will depend on rehabilitating the natural resource base and addressing tensions relating to access http://bit.ly/2fGJk0E
War affects so much that we don’t realize. Now more pistachios have to be grown in California where they can’t really afford the water.
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