Over-grazing and desertification in the Syrian steppe are the root causes of war

Serra, Gianluca
Date Written:  2015-06-05
Publisher:  The Ecologist
Year Published:  2015
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX17556

Civil war in Syria is the result of the desertification of the ecologically fragile Syrian steppe, which began in 1958 when the former Bedouin commons were opened up to unrestricted grazing. That led to a wider ecological, hydrological and agricultural collapse.

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