Over 200 endangered species threatened by conflict

29 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Over 200 endangered species threatened by conflict

Civil unrest and military exercises pose heightened risk to more than 200 threatened species, including elephant populations and the critically-endangered Eastern gorilla, conservationists warned on Wednesday, reports AFP.

A report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature examined the close interplay between the environment and armed conflict, warning that human violence and unrest were taking a devastating toll on nature. Highlighting how nature degradation spurs strife, the report also stressed that the sustainable management of natural resources              

should be seen as a tool to help preserve peace.

“Degradation of nature increases the likelihood of conflict, while wars devastate not only lives, but also the natural environment,” IUCN director general Bruno Oberle said in a statement.