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Many of them are thus in short supply or even absent in various countries. It is therefore not surprising that a substantial number of our many wars are fought over natural resources, whether or not this is made explicit by the initiating state (Westing 1986). Even when natural resources do not figure prominently as the cause of a war, they are often a contributing factor of some significance. Demands on the land, fresh waters, and other natural resources of the earth are growing rapidly owing to the rapid increases in human numbers and to the even more rapid increases in human aspirations, the latter in both the developed and developing nations.
The scarcity and degraded condition of crop lands, range (grazing) lands, and forest lands in many countries of the world has often led to serious medical and social problems, to political unrest, and to domestic violence and strife. In some developing countries these problems are of such magnitude and urgency that their alleviation and ultimate solution require the widest possible international cooperation and support. United Nations agencies might well be the avenue through which both material aid and the sharing of knowledge and skills could be channeled.
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