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Updated: 06-Feb-2002 Week of 28 January - 3 February 2002

28 Jan. 2002

NATO-Russia collaboration
in science and technology

More than 30 experts from NATO member states and Russia attended a workshop in Moscow between 28 January and 1 February to discuss ways of protecting both natural and man-made structures from disasters in the face of technological advances and climate change.

Sponsored jointly by the NATO Science Programme and the Russian Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology, this event was the first in a series of workshops being organised under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between NATO and the Ministry, which led to the launch of the Joint NATO-Russia Science and Technological Cooperation Programme (JSTC).

Discussion focused on ways of developing a culture aimed at reducing or eliminating risk, rather than the current one of merely responding to disasters after they have occurred. A number of theories and practices of risk assessment were studied, as well as education and training possibilities with regard to emergency situations.

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