WWF Response to the
War in Iraq
From WWF International Director General, Claude Martin.
have a devastating and traumatic impact on people. WWF's core
business is nature and the environment, and as an organization,
our mandate focuses us on the impact of war on wildlife, critical
habitats, and the environment.
Next to the human suffering
that a war causes, the military activities in Iraq could gravely
impact upon fresh water ecosystems
resources in that country. In a worst case scenario, a bombing
result in a rapid and widespread contamination of surface
and groundwater by oil, other industrial chemicals, and sewerage.
Many people could
die as a result of such a contamination. Remaining fisheries
would be dramatically reduced and contaminated, depriving
important source of protein and calcium.
WWF is calling on
all parties to find a peaceful solution to the current crisis