Reports 04/03/2024

Injustícia ambiental a Síria: com afecta la guerra a les comunitats vulnerables?

Ten specific cases of environmental injustice in Syria are presented, drawn from interviews with activists and members of local and international NGOs.

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Angham Daiyoub

The armed conflict in Syria, which started in 2011, has generated a severe humanitarian crisis with millions of displaced and affected people. Apart from the devastating effects of the war, the country faces significant environmental risks, such as desertification, drought and pollution, which particularly affect vulnerable communities. This environmental injustice further exacerbates the suffering, with negative consequences for human rights and the well-being of the citizenry.

The research, conducted by Angham Daiyoub, supported by Leeloz Muhammad and Laura Riba, seeks to understand the environmental dimensions of the conflict in Syria by looking at the interrelationships between environmental conflict, socio-political conflict and population displacement. Over more than six months, a comprehensive collection of environmental justice cases related to the Syrian conflict has been conducted in collaboration with local communities and through interviews with activists and members of local and international NGOs.

This report is published by Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF) and Fundació Autònoma Solidària (FAS). NOVACT has collaborated in the research.