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Ecological Degradation: A Cause for Conflict, a Concern for Survival

Koos Neefjes

in Fairness and Futurity

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294894
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599064 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294891.003.0011
 Ecological Degradation: A Cause for Conflict, a Concern for Survival

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Koos Neefjes of Oxfam takes turmoil and instability as his starting point. How will carefully crafted sustainability and justice principles fare in zones of conflict? How can measurements of environmental stock and flow be made under conditions of war or even genocide? Neefjes implies that they cannot, and he focuses instead on the causes of conflicts and the role that environmental factors might play in them. After examining a number of cases drawn from Africa he concludes that environmental degradation and resource distribution play an increasingly important role in conflicts, and that supporting local use and management of resources is of paramount importance.

Keywords: Africa; conflict; environment; environmental degradation; genocide; justice; localism; resources; sustainability

Chapter.  10226 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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