“If you ever come across anything suspicious like this item, please do not pick it up, contact your local law enforcement agency for assistance”
By Enab Baladi
The continuance shelling on the al-Ghab Plain area in northern Hama governorate has affected many agricultural lands completely or partially. Thirty-five-year-old Mosab al-Yassin is one of the landowners affected by the shelling on the al-Ghab Plain area, with nearly 30 dunums damaged, including lands planted with fruit trees. Al-Yassin usually plants tomato, wheat, and apple crops to make a living for his family of ten members. However, the continued bombardment of areas in northwestern Syria, including the al-Ghab Plain, subjects the residents of these areas to life-threatening risks, accidents, and constant pressure. It also threatens security, as locals live amid a full-fledged armed conflict that continues to affect living conditions, destroys the environment, and impacts the climate. Randa al-Saghir, the coordinator of the awareness program at the SCD, told Enab Baladi that environmental issues in areas of armed conflicts should not be addressed with effective humanitarian assistance only but also with awareness-raising efforts to draw the attention of all society segments to the link between climate change and security, an issue that usually receivers a relatively limited interest. To this end, the SCD launched a reforestation initiative in the northwestern region, which lasted for several days last November. The initiative aimed to raise locals’ awareness of the importance of the environment and the climate, the “indirect victims of wars,” to preserve a rich and healthy life. While climate change is a world problem, challenges associated with environmental and climate issues are bigger and more complex in conflict zones, including Syria, where social, security and economic circumstances significantly affect the region’s environment. These factors are mostly related to the ongoing armed conflict and are not an outcome of natural phenomena. In certain circumstances, the environmental damage caused by a persistent armed conflict can contribute to climate change, requiring the protection of the natural environment by relevant organizations operating in conflict regions through organizing events and activities to raise community awareness about such risks.
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