Pax for Peace

Case studies from armed conflict analysis and their environmental impacts: Democratisation of Environmental Research through Open-Source investigation.

Wim Zwijnenburg is a Humanitarian Disarmament Project Leader for PAX and contributor to the Bellingcat collective. He works on conflict and environment related issues in the Middle East, the use and proliferation of emerging military technologies and arms trade.

Novel technologies and open-access to more data resources are providing researchers and the general public with effective means to monitor environmental changes. Access to satellite data, local field observations from social media and huge data sets has become easier in the last decade.

During this talk, Wim will use case studies from his work on conflict pollution and environmental change in Syria, Iraq and the Ukraine to demonstrate how these open-source means have been utilized to monitor conflicts and identify environmental hotspots, and will explain how these methods can be applied for wider environmental research.

With these tools and techniques at your fingertips, everyone can contribute to environmental activism and hold polluters accountable, an we can learn lessons for the wider debate on how climate change is changing the world around us.

Follow him on Twitter @wammezz