Interest in the relationship between environmental degradation and conflict is growing despite the lack of consensus over its nature. Yet most discussions of the environment-conflict nexus still take for granted the direction of causality and seek to demonstrate whether—or the extent to which—environmental factors such as droughts spawned by climate change cause or contribute to violent political conflict.
The FIRE project reverses this causality and delves into the connection between violent conflict and environmental degradation. In pursuit of this aim, the project examines forest fires in the Middle East, employing a detailed study of cases in Turkey, Syria and Israel and posing the following research questions:
• Is there a positive correlation between inter- and intra-state conflicts and forest fires?
• How do conflicts affect ecosystems and their inhabitants and biodiversity?
• How do conflicting groups discursively use forest fires?
SDG's 3, 6, 8, 15, 16, 17
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