Mr. Timothy Foxley speaking during EFSAS Side-event on the sidelines of the 52nd Session of the UNHRC
Mr. Foxley said that Chinese infrastructure investments have had negative environmental effects in other investment environments and will likely exacerbate pre-existing challenges in Afghanistan regarding noise, air, water, and soil pollution, deforestation, waste disposal issues, and limited access to alternative energies. Given that 80% of the Afghan population depend on agriculture, he highlighted, even minute environmental changes can produce severe ripple effects. The planned exploration of Afghan lithium deposits by Chinese firms will thus likely exacerbate the already volatile current situation.
Mr. Timothy Foxley (EFSAS Research Fellow) speaking during EFSAS Side-event on the sidelines of the 52nd Session of UNHRC