Side event: Mine action, the environment and toxic remnants of war, Geneva, 18th February 2015.

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Side event: Mine action, the environment and toxic remnants of war, Geneva, 18th February 2015.

The TRWP and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining will be hosting a side event at the 18th Annual Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and UN Advisers, Geneva, 16th February to Thursday, 19th February 2014. The overall theme of this year’s meeting is “Evolution of Mine Action – More than Mines”.

Date: Wednesday 18th February
Time: 12:00
Location: Room C1, World Meteorological Office building

Synopsis

A clean environment is the basis for health and livelihoods. Where access to land and natural resources is lost, lives, livelihoods and peacebuilding are threatened. This event will consider how the mine action community could better integrate environmental assessment into operations as a means of improving the recording of environmental damage and conflict pollution. Utilising case studies from where operators have already gone beyond ERW to consider chemical and radiation hazards, it will address the practicality and desirability of a more comprehensive approach to the environment – and the means through which the impact of operations can be mitigated by utilising and expanding on current practice.

Chair: Doug Weir (Toxic Remnants of War Project)

Speakers:

Wim Zwijnenburg (PAX) – The toxic footprint of Syria’s conflict.

Hansjörg Eberle (Swiss Foundation for Mine Action) – Mine action and legacy pollution issues.

Mark Albe (National Association of Ordnance Contractors) – Environmental assessment of operational and former ranges and munition sites, substances, approaches and lessons learned.

Dr Gianluca Maspoli (GICHD) – Addressing environmental concerns in mine action operations.

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