KEPS: Kuwait makes long strides in en­vi­ron­men­tal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

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KUWAIT: The Kuwait En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety (KEPS) has made big and costly strides in re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing en­vi­ron­ment sys­tems due to the de­struc­tion caused by the Iraqi in­va­sion in 1991.

Mark­ing the an­niver­sary of ex­tin­guish­ing the last oil well fire, KPES Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and a mem­ber of the Board of the En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Author­ity, We­j­dan Al-Oqab said on Fri­day that Kuwait had faced un­prece­dented de­struc­tion due to mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions and oil wells burn­ing by the in­vad­ing Iraqi forces. She added that the sixth of Novem­ber is a global day as it pro­hibits the use of en­vi­ron­ment in wars and armed con­flicts. The Iraqi troops had planted more than two mil­lion land­mines in desert, she said, not­ing over 24 years rem­nants of war have been mon­i­tored like clus­ter bombs, mor­tar bombs, ar­tillery shells, tank shells, and anti-per­son­nel and anti-tank mines.

Kuwait’s marine life and desert com­po­nents need great at­ten­tion as they are the real wealth of the coun­try and a nat­u­ral cap­i­tal that should be in­creased, she noted. The Iraqi troops set fire to over 700 oil wells in sev­eral ar­eas in Kuwait, and as a re­sult, many birds and wild an­i­mals died, she stated. She stressed that Kuwait had called on in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions not to use en­vi­ron­ment in dis­putes among coun­tries.

Oqab thanked all in­ter­na­tional gov­ern­ment agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions, and so­ci­eties of en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion for their ef­forts and en­deav­ors aim­ing to pre­serve en­vi­ron­ment and its nat­u­ral resources in par­tic­u­lar liv­ing crea­tures. In Novem­ber, 2001, the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly adopted the Res­o­lu­tion No 56/4 declar­ing Novem­ber 6 of ev­ery year as the In­ter­na­tional Day for Pre­vent­ing the Ex­ploita­tion of the En­vi­ron­ment in War and Armed Con­flict.

We­j­dan Al-Oqab

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