Ben Dolbear examines the calls by scientists to extend the Geneva Convention to protect wildlife and nature. | Nature and Environmental
Photo by Bruno Martins - Natural History Museum
An open letter by 24 leading scientists has called for an extension to the Geneva Convention to make damage to environmental nature reserves in areas of conflict a war crime.
Professor Sarah Durant of the Zoological Society of London has contributed to the letter, writing in the Nature journal that despite calls for a fifth convention more than two decades ago by environmental activists, consequences of human military conflict continue to see the destruction of megafauna, or large animals, the extinction of entire species, and the poisoning of water resources.