Géraud

Géraud de Ville

The Open University, Department of Engineering and Innovation
Brussels, Belgium

COBRA Meet in Brussels

Partners present research and evaluate first six months

February 20, 2012

Six months after the launch of the COBRA project at Royal Holloway, University of London, project partners, hosted by the Institute for Environmental Security, met again in the beautiful city of Brussels.

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In June of this year more than 170 countries will send their representatives to the twentieth annual United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio. The conference will seek to renew a global commitment to sustainable development and assess new challenges ahead. Through its focus on local solutions for future challenges the COBRA project is in unique position to contribute towards the broader global initiative to move towards more sustainable economic practices.

Six months after the launch of the COBRA project at Royal Holloway, University of London, project partners, hosted by the Institute for Environmental Security, met again in the beautiful city of Brussels. The meeting provided an opportunity to assess the project’s progress and engage in intensive consultations. There was a particular focus on integrating the project’s work with the extensive development research that has been carried out at global and national levels. Dr Matilde Molenwijk  from the University of Amsterdam and Dr Pitou van Dijck from the Free University of Amsterdam provided examples of this through their research on the use of GIS technologies and surveys to assess the impact of infrastructure projects on indigenous community members.

Project Partners in Guyana and Brazil joined the meeting via teleconference to discuss progress, challenges and future plans. Since the launch of the project Jay Mistry (Royal Holloway), Andrea Berardi (Open University) and Claudia Nuzzo (Open University) have travelled to the Tumucumaque and North Rupununi regions of the Guiana Shield, and with local partners ECA (Brazil) and Iwokrama (Guyana) successfully conducted workshops in ‘systems viability’ theory, participatory video and participatory photography. Community members have already begun to collect data using these methods and further training and development will be provided this summer through field visits by Elisa Bignante (Politecnico di Torino), Celine Tschirhart (Royal Holloway) and Geraud de Ville (Institute for Environmental Security).

At the end of the event, partners were treated to a walking tour of Brussels and an opportunity to enjoy some of the wonderful local cuisine.

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