Objectives

The overall objective of the project is the support of law enforcement activities in regard to informal mining through the detection of informal mining sites in Afghanistan. A key question is to identify and monitor respective informal mining activities. Moreover, the information derived from EO data could also be used as evidence in a legal case against informal operators. This already indicates the importance of linking together experts from both communities - the geo-information science and experts in political decision processes, legislation and law enforcement. This is reflected in the compilation of the project team. EO data with marked mining sitesNevertheless a key element of the proposed service is the proper analysis of EO data with the aim of extracting all mining sites in a particular region. The result should provide reliable information for decision making and law enforcement activities by giving a clear picture about ongoing informal mining activities. This will not be possible by analyses of remote sensing data only. In addition, the integration of ground truth and socio-economic information will be necessary. A core concept behind the project is the extension of the core user group to further stakeholders interested in the provided services. In summary the operational services demonstrate the benefits of the provided products to a set of end users working in the law enforcement, security and intelligence sector not only limited to be applied for the specific situation in Afghanistan but also in other regions where informal mining might be an issue for law enforcement and legislation. The applied methods used for product generation are transferable to other regions. To obtain clear, credible statements from end users within the mentioned sector, close cooperation is as important as the final user workshop planned in The Hague where additional stakeholders and potential users within the law enforcement, security and intelligence sector will be invited.