NATO AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Marina Malish Sazdovska

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Abstract: Military activities often have a variety of negative impacts on theenvironment in which they occur. Environmental breaches of military activities can be athreat to the welfare and habitats. NATO’s responsibility is in the protection of the physicaland natural environments, where they carry out operations and training. Military trainingcan affect the biodiversity starting from the flora, birds and insects to marine life andmarine mammals. Through researches and new technologies, together with thestandardization of procedures and training, the Alliance is working to improve theprotection of the environment and the nature where it operates. Measures taken are in thedirection of protection from hazardous substances (including fuel and oil), waste watertreatment, waste management, reduction of the consumption of fossil fuel energy, andapplication of environmental management systems during NATO’s activities.

Key words: NATO, environment, operations.


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