CMDR COE Runs 3-Day Advanced Research Workshop
Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence supported by NATO SPS Program conducted from 5th to 7th July 2016 Climate Change Implications on Military Activities in the Balkans Region Workshop.
The event was co-chaired by Colonel Orlin Nikolov (BG AF), Chief of CMDR COE Capabilities Branch and Colonel Katarina Strbac, PhD (SRB LF), Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia. The Workshop was officially opened by Mrs. Zlatina Karova, Director of “Science” Directorate, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria and was attended by participants from 17 nations (ALB, BGR, BIH, BRA, GBR, GEO, GRC, HUN, MNE, NLD, POL, ROM, SRB, TUR, UKR, USA, and FYROM).
It brought together lecturers from US European Command, US Africa Command, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Command and General Staff College, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, US Agency for International Development, International Alert, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee National Guard, Environment Law Institute, Data for Resilience, National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology – Bulgarian Academy of Science, Directorate General Fire Safety and Civil Protection – Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria, Hellenic National Defence General Staff.
The aim of the Advanced Research Workshop was to provide preliminary recommendations for education and capacity development in regard to the new security challenges posed by climate change.
In order to perform the aforementioned goal, subject matter experts involved in the workshop evaluated current and envisaged future capability needs by analyzing security environment, and identifying possible domains of civil-military cooperation in the climate change field in the Balkans and South-Eastern Europe.
The expected outcomes of the ARW are to build partner capacity to enhance interoperability between local, national and regional institutions dealing with environmental security issues through developing an annual course focused on potential climate change impacts on NATO and Partner Nations in the region.
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