ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Syrian war has destroyed the lives of millions of people, but it also has had a detrimental impact on the environment. Inside the country the destruction is palpable, but further the conflict has affected the environments of countries outside Syria in many ways that are most often related to the fast displacement of people.

This is a journalistic research project on environmental impacts of the Syrian crisis and their solutions in neighbouring countries.

The aim is to look in to the environmental consequences and pressure that the Syrian crisis and refugee situation has on the countries that have received, and are currently hosting, large amounts of refugees. This conflict is an example of the fact, that in addition to the immense human suffering, war leads to environmental destruction – and vice versa, environmental destruction can also lead to war and more human suffering.

In our view, too little attention has been given to the environmental consequences of the crisis. This is why we started this project, which is a study combining science, art and journalism. It looks into the environmental consequences and pressure that the Syrian crisis and refugee situation has on the countries that have received, and are currently hosting, large amounts of refugees.

COUNTRIES

”-This is not the environmental impact of the refugees and migrants, it is the environmental impact of the Syrian war.”

Demetris Lekkas, specialist in waste management
from the University of the Aegean in Lesbos,
commenting the environmental consequences of the refugee situation on the island.