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Environmental Protection, Security And Armed Conflict

A Sustainable Development Perspective
Onita Das, University of the West of England, UK
This book explores environmental protection relevant to security and armed conflict from a sustainable development perspective. The author details how at each stage of the armed conflict life cycle, policy, law and enforcement have fallen short of the sustainable development model and concludes with a set of suggestions for how to address this pressing concern.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: £78.00 Online: £70.20
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78100 467 8
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This book explores environmental protection relevant to security and armed conflict from a sustainable development perspective. The author details how at each stage of the armed conflict life cycle, policy, law and enforcement have fallen short of the sustainable development model and concludes with a set of suggestions for how to address this pressing concern.

The book considers and discusses:

• Environmental protection relevant to security and armed conflict from a holistically sustainable development perspective.
• Environmental protection relevant to security and armed conflict in the life cycle of armed conflict: pre-conflict, in-conflict and post-conflict
• Uses substantive sustainable development principles (duty of states to ensure sustainable use of natural resources; equity and the eradication of poverty; common but differentiated responsibilities; precautionary principle; public participation; good governance; integration and interrelationship; and polluter pays principle) as tools or objectives to achieve sustainable development in the context of environmental protection relevant to security and armed conflict.
• The concept of sustainable development is utilized to fill the gaps left by policy and law in the field of environmental protection relevant to security and armed conflict.

The book also examines five case-studies relating to Somalia, Darfur, Sudan, Sierra Leone, the First Gulf war and the Kosovo conflict.

This fascinating and detailed study will strongly appeal to academics and postgraduate students in the fields of both environmental protection and international law, researchers, policy-makers, NGOs and individuals working in the field.
‘A most recent and impressive release. . . is a noteworthy editorial achievement because of the necessary, but often overlooked, connection the author makes between sustainable development issues and security paradigms by interpreting the causes, development and consequences of environmental degradation in conflict-ridden areas of the world. . . Impressive by its accuracy and optimal scope and depth, the text aids readers, helping them move easily into the central thesis of the study. . . We recommend Onita Das’ work to expert researchers, non-governmental activists, officials in national administration and international officials, teachers and students, as well as journalists interested in environmental protection and security studies alike.’
– Eugen Strau?iu, Central and Eastern European Online Library

‘Onita Das' book is a much-needed contribution to literature that draws together the worlds of environmental law and environmental security. Her overview of sustainable development law demonstrates knowledge of environmental legal history. . . Thankfully Onita Das has shed light on some important aspects that help us to see where we must venture.’
– Elaine C. Hsiao, IUCNAEL EJournal

‘This thoughtful, analytical and scholarly monograph encapsulates and examines the ramifications of the vast amount of research carried out by Onita Das on the dual considerations of sustainability and armed conflict. . . Because of its subject matter, the recent appearance of this book is certainly timely and worthy of close scrutiny, especially by those involved professionally in this complex area; academics and postgraduate students obviously, as well as policy-makers and yes, environmental lawyers.’
– Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, The Barrister Magazine

‘Environmental Protection, Security and Armed Conflict is a timely reminder of the need to integrate sustainable development into key areas of international law, including all phases of armed conflict. Onita Das cleverly picks her way through the applicable law and derives solid suggestions for the future.’
– Karen Hulme, University of Essex, UK
Contents: Foreword 1. Introduction 2. Sustainable Development, Security and Armed Conflict - Developing a Theoretical Framework for a Legal Analysis of War and the Environment 3. Failing Sustainable Development? Early Warning, Early Action, and Preventing Environmental Security Threats 4. Sustainable Development and the Protection of the Environment During Times of Armed Conflict 5. Post-conflict: Breaking the Cycle for a Better Future - Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection Relevant to Security and Armed Conflict 6. Conclusions and Challenges Index