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AOAV research on the environmental impacts of explosive weapon use in Syria featured on FAIRPLANET

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) researcher, Jennifer Dathan,  has had her article, ‘Explosive weapons in Syria: the lasting harm to the environment‘, published on FAIRPLANET.

The report examines AOAV’s findings from their research on the use of explosive weapons in Syria over the course of the conflict. AOAV sought to better understand  the long-term impacts from such violence on areas such as health, the economy, the environment, and culture and society.

In October 2018, AOAV conducted interviews with academics, experts, NGOs and UN personnel, as well as with refugees and other civilians in areas close to the Syrian border in Turkey and Istanbul. Further interviews were conducted remotely with relevant personnel in Syria, Jordan, the UK and the United States throughout September, October and November. In total, 50 separate and in-depth interviews were conducted.

AOAV’s research showed severe long-term harm, particularly from the levels of contamination from explosive remnants of war (ERW) and the levels of infrastructural harm, both of which will have lasting health, economic and social consequences for the civilian population.

To read the article on FAIRPLANET, please click here.