IRRC No. 291

Recent studies on the protection of the environment in time of armed conflict

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The problem of protecting the environment in time of armed conflict has given rise to numerous discussions and major studies over the last two years.In our opinion, there are at least two distinct reasons for the keen interest in this question. In the first place it is quite logically a response to the increasingly energetic efforts to improve, both nationally and internationally, the protection of the environment in peacetime. Secondly, this interest reflects the fears engendered during and after the 1990–1991 Gulf war that set the Middle East ablaze.

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