The urgent deployment of thousands of civilian, police and military personnel requires a large amount of logisitical support. Peacekeeping personnel often operate in the world's hardest-to-reach places and in countries with very little infrastructure. This requires most peace operations to generate their own power and use a fleet of aircraft to manage logistics which emit greenhouse gases and potential soil pollution.
Large operations also generate a lot of solid waste and require potable and non-potable water, subsequently producing wastewater. These waste products, if not handled correctly, can negatively impact the host country's environment.
In some places like Darfur and northern Mali, where water is a scarce resource, the local community may see the UN mission as a resource competitor.
UN Peacekeeping recognizes this potential damage and has developed an overarching policy to manage environmental issues with UN field support. For more information about our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint, please visit UN field support pages on the environment.