KEPS: Kuwait makes long strides in environmental rehabilitation
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.