Practice Relating to Rule 84. The Protection of Civilians and Civilian Objects from the Effects of Incendiary Weapons
In 1992, prior to the adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution 47/37 on the protection of the environment in times of armed conflict, Jordan and the United States submitted a memorandum entitled “International Law Providing Protection to the Environment in Times of Armed Conflict”, which stated:
For States parties the following principles of international law, as applicable, provide additional protection for the environment in times of armed conflict:
Article 2(4) of [the 1980 Protocol III to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons] prohibits States parties from making forests or other kinds of plant cover the object of attack by incendiary weapons except when such natural elements cover, conceal or camouflage combatants or other military objectives, or are themselves military objectives.