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The Role of Multilateral Environmental Agreements in Armed Conflict: ‘Green-keeping’ in Virunga Park. Applying the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in the Armed Conflict of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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This chapter analyses the role of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (WHC) in addressing environmental damage during armed conflict, and examines how the rules of the WHC relate to other relevant legal regimes. In particular, it focuses on the capacity of the WHC, with its typically general and vague provisions, to deal with the environmental damage resulting from the armed conflicts in and around the Virunga National Park, during the time between 2000 and 2011. The chapter describes the consequences of the warfare for the Park's environment. It provides a brief overview of the law applicable to the situation in the Park. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the consequences of applying the WHC during the armed conflict and whether other relevant legal regimes may be affected by such application.

Keywords: armed conflict; environmental damage; legal regimes; UNESCO World Heritage Convention (WHC); Virunga National Park



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