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Landmines, landscape degradation and "proportionality"


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Kiernan, K 2007 , 'Landmines, landscape degradation and "proportionality"' , Environmental Policy and Law, vol. 37, no. 6 , pp. 471-478 .

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In a recent contribution to this journal reviewing the
evolution of laws concerning the protection of the environment
during armed conflict, Bothe raised a number of
interesting issues related to the severity and persistence of
environmental harm. He also identified a number of unresolved
issues in the laws surrounding armed conflict, including
the need for new laws to ensure protection of particular
special places during conflict, and the environmental
consequences of specific weapons, including mines. The
present contribution takes up these themes from the perspective
of the geosciences. It considers the impact of
landmines upon nature conservation and environmentally
sustainable development, and the duration of their adverse
impact on the environment, in the context of the “proportionality”
of military advantage obtained from deploying
land mines relative to the environmental harm that they

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kiernan, K
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Policy and Law
ISSN: 0378-777X
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