Armed conflicts have always been a threat to the natural environment and thereby also to the survival and well-being of those who depend on it for their livelihood, during the conflict and long thereafter. These threats may take a variety of forms, among them: The international effort to better protect the natural environment during armed conflict can be roughly divided into three phases. The first time the issue became a major concern was during the war in Vietnam. This eventually led to the adoption of the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or any Hostile...
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