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Syria conservation is a dire issue, with huge amount of natural forests having been depleted by farming, livestock grazing, and the timber industry. Huge percentages of thick forest have been decreased, resulting in issues such as soil erosion and desertification. Other issues include pollution of coastal waters from oil spills and human waste, and contamination of inland water by industrial wastes and sewage.
Preservation in Syria is a primary factor in the developing conservation efforts in Syria. With a huge percentage of native wildlife depleted, the Syrian government banned hunting for five years in 1979. In the year 2001, four of Syria's mammal species, seven bird species and seven plant species were listed as endangered. Key species listed as endangered include the Mediterranean monk seal, bald ibis, and African softshell turtle. The Anatolian leopard, cheetah, Syrian wild ass, Israel painted frog and Persian fallow deer are all extinct.