10 Mar. 2008

NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme organizes high-level Forum on environmental security

The second NATO Science Forum on Environmental Security will take place on 12 March 2008 at NATO HQ in Brussels.

The Forum will bring together around 20 key speakers and environmental security experts from NATO member, Partner and Mediterranean Dialogue countries to discuss the linkages between the environment and security and examine current initiatives underway to help resolve problems and mitigate conflict.

This one-day event will kick off with a look at current global security concerns such as issues related to climate change, management of shared water resources and energy security.

The role and work of international organizations active in the field of environmental security will be explored in a series of presentations from leading experts including the Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative*, the European Environment Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UNDP and UNESCO. 

NATO projects carried out in cooperation with other international organizations will be highlighted, including radioactive contamination in Central Asia, transboundary water issues in the Caucasus, and harmonisation of seismic codes in Western Balkans.

To support NATO in identifying future security threats and challenges, the Science Forum will include a horizon scanning session on potential environmental security issues, providing concrete recommendations and proposing tangible projects to contribute to security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic zone.

Around 150 experts will attend the Forum.

For the full programme go to

For more information contact: Dr. Deniz Beten, telephone +32/2/707.14.25 or email

Tel: +32 (0)2 707 50 41 - Fax: +32 (0)2 707 50 57 -

* The ENVSEC Initiative was established in 2003. Partners are: the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); NATO; the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); the Regional Environment Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)