Filip Hilgert

Towards a multi-scale approach for an Earth observation based assessment of natural resource exploitation in conflict regions

Environment and natural resources can be key elements in starting and fueling conflicts. IPIS researcher Filip Hilgert contributed to an article in Geocarto International (2017, vol. 32, n° 10) on a multi-scale approach for an Earth observation based assessment of natural resource exploitation in conflict regions. Download the full article Elisabeth Schoepfer, Kristin Spröhnle, Olaf […]

IPIS Insights: Diamonds in the Central African Republic

Since May 2013 the Central African Republic has been suspended from the Kimberly Process (KP) – a measure maintained by the mechanism’s annual plenary in Guangzhou, China, this November. The CAR’s transitional authorities have been seeking at least a partial lifting of this export ban so that the country might benefit from the much needed […]

Mapping Conflict Motives: the Central African Republic

In this study, IPIS analyses the conflict dynamics in the Central African Republic (CAR) since the outbreak of the latest crisis in September 2012 up to September 2014. The analysis specifically looks into the motivations and interests of the main conflict parties, Seleka and anti-balaka, and the influence and interests of neighbouring countries. The report […]

Cartographie des motivations derrière les conflicts: la République centrafricaine

En 2009, l’International Peace Information Service (IPIS) a publié un rapport et une série de cartes analysant la situation de la République centrafricaine en termes de sécurité, notamment la composition, les actions, les motivations et les intérêts des groupes armés et autres parties au conflit.1 Cinq ans plus tard, après la prise de pouvoir temporaire […]

Analysis of the interactive map of artisanal mining areas in Eastern DRC: May 2014 update

In collaboration with the Congolese mining cadastre (CAMI), mining service SAESSCAM and representatives from local civil society organisations, IPIS organised a series of field visits to monitor artisanal mining activities and the involvement of armed groups and criminal networks in mineral exploitation and trade. This resulted in the publication of an interactive web map providing […]

Analysis of the interactive map of artisanal mining areas in Eastern DR Congo

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In August 2009 the ‘International Peace Information Service’ (IPIS) published a first map of militarised mining areas in Eastern DR Congo. By 2012, the international interest in the issue had grown but the map was out-dated. To find a structural solution, IPIS sat down with the Congolese mining cadastre (CAMI) and agreed to set up […]

Mapping ‘conflict minerals’: how GMES supports the International Peace Information Service (IPIS), in: Window on GMES, Special Issue: Discover the “S” in GMES, pp. 82-88

Exploitation of natural resources has, in most cases, a strong impact on the environment, often even spoiling natural habitats and affecting people’s way of life. The exploitation and trade of minerals can also fuel armed conflicts, as it is the case in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The use of […]

La complexité de la gestion des ressources dans un contexte de fragilité de l’État : une analyse du secteur minier dans l’arrière-pays du Kivu

Le rapport intitulé « Exploitation minière et commerce des minerais dans l’arrière-pays du Kivu » est une commande de la Direction générale du développement (DG Développement) de la Commission européenne. Il vise à combler un manque informationnel en identifiant les principaux sites miniers et en analysant les réseaux d’échanges commerciaux de l’arrière-pays de l’est de […]

Bisie. A one-year snapshot of the DRC’s principal cassiterite mine


Much has happened in the mining sector of Eastern DRC over the last year. President Kabila imposed a ban on all mining activities last fall, during which production fell considerably. As soon as the suspension was lifted in the spring of this year, the major global electronic companies stopped buying minerals from the region, provoking […]