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CAS Conference | Environmental Armenia: The Climate Crisis, Conflict, and Activism

Thursday, October 7, 2021
12:00-1:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Please register in advance for the webinars here:
You need just one registration to attend the three-day conference. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinars.

As a global community, we are facing an undeniable climate crisis that “unequivocally” has been caused by human activity. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that “every corner of the planet is already being affected and it could get far worse.” Armenia is no exception. This conference seeks to begin an interdisciplinary discussion inviting environmental scientists, geographers, policy experts, and activists to examine challenges posed by climate change and recurrent conflict, as well as present possible solutions through policy advocacy and local activism.

This three-day conference begins 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.


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.

Cosponsored by the Donia Human Rights Center, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Program in the Environment, School for Environment and Sustainability.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us at Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.

Photo by Mariam Yeghiazaryan.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Armenia, Climate Change, Environment
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Armenian Studies, International Institute, Program in the Environment (PitE), Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Donia Human Rights Center, School for Environment and Sustainability
Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:00-1:30 PM