By Mervyn Richardson
Following the cessation of hostilities in Croatia, the duty starts off of assessing the wear and tear prompted and the remedial paintings wanted. After a number of visits to the rustic on behalf of UNIDO, Mervyn Richardson has compiled a file detailing the consequences of conflict at the atmosphere. He discusses intimately the destruction of the Croation chemical and indicates ways that new innovations might want to be used for remediation. vital features of the economic climate comparable to tourism and agriculture also are thought of, and a contribution by means of Croatian scientists covers groundwater pollutants as a result of the destruction of an ammunition shop. The booklet concludes with a glance on the destiny chances for encouraging new industries to take where of the previous and offers an in depth breakdown of key Croatian organizations.
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Vinkovic’s population of 35,000 is now increased to 45,000 with refugees, and is without sewage treatment. In common with other towns visited, domestic, building, and industrial garbage is being dumped indiscriminately by roadsides. The former sanitary landfill site (in the forest area of Vrapcane near Mirkovci) is now in a UN protected zone and the replacement site is immediately adjacent to the Bazjas canal which is clean water used for crop irrigation. No monitoring of either the canal or the receiving Boset river has been undertaken for three years.
Equally, the effects on wildlife are unknown and require investigation; however, they observed wild animals tottering about blind and deaf. The area affected is 50 km2. 4) and Chapter 7. 5 µg kg−1) found in the ammunition yard indicate the considerable severity of the problem. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, hilly on loose limestone karst. A large number of the trees are either completely destroyed or badly damaged—the damage will probably take decades to recover; furthermore, the contamination of the soil with persistent heavy metals may be so great that recovery will be impaired unless remediation is undertaken.
No monitoring of either the canal or the receiving Boset river has been undertaken for three years. The Boset river is slow moving (frozen at the time of the mission) and is dammed and pumped (subject to electricity supplies) to the Sava river. Aninspection of the dam was not possible for personal security reasons in January 1993 . In summer the Boset river is prolific with Lemna gibba and it was thought that this might be used for feeding avian species. The river is 35–40 m wide, 1–2 m deep, with many wells in the DESTRUCTION OF THE CROATIAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY 29 Chernozem soil; the wells are 50–150 m deep.
Effects of War on the Environment: Croatia by Mervyn Richardson