Syria Desperate For Natural Resources Rehabilitation

BRUSSELS

The impact of years of conflict-related environmental damage in Syria will have long-term repercussions on the livelihoods of civilians that urgently need to be mitigated, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned on the side-lines of the Brussels III conference on Syria. After eight years of war, Syria lies in tatters, its resources contaminated and its land riddled by trenches and unexploded ordinance. FAO Deputy Director-General Daniel Gustafson said much can and should be done to rebuild rural livelihoods, but the country's political situation means red lines must not be crossed.

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