Today, mostly as a result of the last 30 years of political chaos and
conflict, Afghanistan is in a state of severe environmental crisis. Even
though some improvements and regulatory advances have been made after the
fall of the Taliban such as the creation of the National Environmental
Agency (NEPA) in 2005, and the passing of Afghanistan's first
Environmental Law in 2007, a lot more needs to be done. The major
environmental issues today for Afghanistan are soil degradation, air and
water pollution, deforestation at an alarming rate, overgrazing,
desertification, and over population in its already fragile urban areas.
There are also very limited, unequally distributed, and poorly managed
natural fresh water resources in Afghanistan.
- Party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered
Species, Environmental Modification, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer
- Signed, but not ratified: Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Life
by Abdullah Qazi / September 21, 2008
Section last updated January 6, 2011