Geographic dimensions of natural resource conflicts, environmental crime, and transnational terrorist and criminal networks

Type: Poster
Sponsor Groups: Public/Private Affinity Group, Applied Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Peter Chirico

Call for Submissions

Participants are invited to submit a poster presentation exploring the geographic dimensions of natural resource use, environmental crime, and transnational criminal networks and terrorism. The poster session is intended to be broad, inclusive and will focus on research on this topic conducted within multiple sub-disciplines of geography.


This poster session is a forum to present geographic research on the nexus of natural resource use and conflicts, environmental crimes, and transnational criminal and terrorist networks.

Natural resource and environmental conflicts span a broad range of activities including human trafficking and migrant smuggling, to poaching and wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, illegal and unregulated fishing, illegal or unregulated mining and trade of gold, gemstones (diamonds) and other minerals, illegal trade and exploitation of energy resources such as oil, coal, and charcoal and conflicts emerging over the use of water due to climate change and increasing population pressure. These environmental crimes and emerging conflicts pose significant threats to security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation and management efforts, the environment, and human health.

The geographic dimensions of these activities are broad and encompass the control of territory and resources by armed groups and criminal organizations to the complex smuggling routes and trafficking networks that move illicit commodities globally to the use and disposition of natural resources in a variety of geopolitical settings. The poster session will highlight relevant research across multiple sub-disciplines in geography where relevant work is being done to map, monitor, and describe these activities, their impact on society and strategies to counter violence and ensure equitable resource allocation.

Contact information of organizer:
Peter Chirico,


ID Title Participant
079 Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Pathways Marcus Boyd
University of Maryland - College Park
080 A species on the brink: The rhino crisis in South Africa Michael Slattery
Texas Christian University
081 The al-Qaeda Appeal: Exploring Trends of Domestic Terrorism Through a Geospatial Lens Jaime Yarosh
Bloomsburg University
082 Counter-narratives to counter violence: The importance of community-led development in Eastleigh, Nairobi Sylvia Feghali
083 Bolivia’s coca policy and international drug policy reform Zoe Pearson
University of Wyoming
084 Mapping Power Stations and Coal Combustion Residuals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Ben Oelke
085 Land cover changes within and around protected areas in Cote d’Ivoire from 1986 to 2017: a case study of Mabi-Yaya-Songan-Tamin reserved forests Olena Boiko
South Dakota State University
086 Dynamics of dry tropical forests, local communities, and protected areas: A case study from Myanmar Melissa Songer
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
087 Harmful Algal Blooms: A Science and Security Concern Dan Opstal
088 Reconciling indigenous rights and transparent governance: questioning policy responses to black-market diamond sales in Panna, India Sindhuja Sunder
University of Delaware
089 Exploring the limitations of automated classification and feature extraction: A case study examining clay kilns in Kabul, Afghanistan Kelsey O'Pry
Natural Systems Analyst, Inc.
090 Mapping Vulnerability to Mining-Related Deforestation in Madre de Dios, Peru Anika Berger
Clark University
091 Diamond Mining and Conflict in the Central African Republic Peter Chirico
Supervisory Geographer United States Geological Survey
092 Oil or Law: Which one matters more for freedom Sima Mousavi
Northeastern University

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