Green concerns to be integrated by UN into Afghan development plan

28 October 2003

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a €4.27 million (euro) scheme to support the rehabilitation of Afghanistan’s environment and integrate green concerns into the country’s development.

The two-stage, 30-month project, launched in the capital Kabul today, will strengthen the Afghan Government’s Department of Environment and try to ensure that key environmental priorities are met during the country’s post-conflict development.

The project is largely funded by the European Commission, and is organized with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Irrigation, Water Resources and Environment.

An environmental assessment by UNEP found that years of war had left the environment so degraded that it posed serious risks for human health.

UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said today “a healthy natural environment and the adoption of sustainable development as a guiding principle are vital to any long-term strategy for economic and social development.”

Afghanistan’s Environment Minister, Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, said the project would strengthen the government’s ability to manage its natural resources.


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