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New method for environmental monitoring in armed conflict zones: a case study of Syria

Authors
  • Mobaied, Samira1
  • Rudant, Jean-Paul2
  • 1 Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, SU - Sorbonne Université IRD, Patrimoines locaux, environnement et globalisation (PALOC, UMR 208), 57 rue Cuvier, Paris Cedex 05, 75231, France , Paris Cedex 05 (France)
  • 2 LaSTIG, UPEM-IGN, Cité Descartesm, 5, boulevard Descartes, Champs-Sur-Marne, Marne-La-Vallée Cedex 2, 77454, France , Marne-La-Vallée Cedex 2 (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Oct 10, 2019
Volume
191
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10661-019-7805-5
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

Today, armed conflict affects some twenty countries, covering an area making up 11% of the surface area of the Earth. Any degradation of nature in these areas represents a harmful depletion of the world’s natural heritage. Despite this, environmental issues are neglected during these periods of conflict, considered secondary to the urgency of restoring peace and safeguarding human life. Yet their consequences are potentially severe. In these areas, it is future generations who will suffer the effects of the current devastation for a very long time. In this context, the method developed in this study, named (Geographic Information System) for Environmental Monitoring in Wartime, can be used to calculate a risk indicator for environmental degradation, spatial monitoring and risk management. This will make it possible to identify the main threats to protected areas, catalogue the damage caused to the environment by armed conflicts and create a dynamic risk map. In this paper, GIS-EMW has been applied to calculate a risk indicator for environmental degradation in Syria.

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