Open-source investigation methods on environmental dimensions of armed conflict

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REVIP Research seminar

Guest: Wim Zwijnenburg, PAX

Discussant: Lou Villafranca Izquierdo, ULB (REPI)

Abstract : The environmental impacts of armed conflict have become more visible in both international policy debates, humanitarian response and in the media. Though often referred to as the ‘silent victim of armed conflict, the environment often proves to be key for direct survival of civilians in armed conflicts, or affected communities struggle with the toxic legacies of wars and degraded natural resources. Recent development in open-source investigations (OSINT) and the availability of remote sensing data is helping researchers, civil society and civilians to identify and monitor the wide range of environmental impacts. This has helped visualising these impacts and pushing the necessary legal, political and policy debate in and outside UN frameworks. During this workshop, we will briefly dive into some case-studies outline the opportunities and challenges of environmental OSINT and how it can help transparency and accountability of governments, non-state actors and corporations.

Wim Zwijnenburg works as a project leader Humanitarian Disarmament for the Dutch peace organisation PAX. He focuses on environment, peace and security in the Middle East, Ukraine and northern Africa, both on improving data collection of environmental impacts of armed conflicts as well as building policy avenues for mainstreaming the environment. He is also a contributor to the Bellingcat open-source research collective and PAX received the 2017 UNEP/OCHA Green Star Award for their work on environment and conflict.

Organising Committee:
Virginie Arantes (REPI-CEVIPOL), Alexis Carles, Vincent Chapaux (MSH), Eva Deront (PACTE-CEVIPOL), Eric Fabri (CTP), Anna Nguyen (REPI), Marc-Antoine Sabaté (CTP), Lou Villafranca Izquierdo (REPI), Krystel Wanneau (REPI-Ulaval), Christophe Wasinski (REPI)


Online registration required by March 9th via this link

Wednesday 11 March 2020 from Noon till 2 pm

Université libre de Bruxelles

IEE 39 avenue F. Roosevelt (Spaak room)

1050 Bruxelles

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