Conference “Environmental Armenia: The Climate Crisis, Conflict, and Activism”

October 6-8, 2021

The University of Michigan’s Center for Armenian Studies (CAS) organizes three-day conference with a discussion of the environmental impact of war and violence, past and present, in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh moving to a broader discussion of the effects of the global climate crisis on Armenia’s land, water, and other natural resources. The participants will discuss the issues, challenges, and current policies that seek to mitigate the problems.

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October 6, 2021
12-1:30 PM | Armenia’s Climate Crisis: Challenges & Opportunities
Dr. Irina Ghaplanyan, political scientist, climate negotiator, and former Deputy Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Armenia.

October 7, 2021
12-1:30 PM | Landscapes of War: The Impact of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict on the Environment and its Human and Non-Human Inhabitants Past and Present

“Investigating the Environmental Dimensions of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict”
Dr. Eoghan Darbyshire, researcher, Conflict and Environment Observatory.

“Weaponizing the Environment: The Silencing of the Nagorno-Karabakh’s Impact on the Landscape and its Human and Non-Human Inhabitants”
Mariam Yeghiazaryan, independent journalist and filmmaker.

October 8, 2021
11 AM-12 PM | Environmental Activism in Armenia: From Forests to Land to Water
Ruben Khachatryan, Director of Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets and JeanMarie Papelian, Executive Director of Armenia Tree Project.

12:30-2 PM | Screening of Eco-Patrol #1 and discussion with Mari Chakryan, President of Public Awareness and Monitoring Centre NGO and activists Tigran Ayvazyan, Levon Harutyunyan, and Ani Khachikyan.

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