WINDHOEK: The Southern African Region Environmental Security Symposium will take place from Tuesday to Thursday this week at a local hotel.
The event is being co-hosted by the United States’ Africa Command Environmental Security Programme and the United Nations’ Environmental Programme – Abidjan Convention Secretariat.
It is sponsored by the United States’ Department of Defense, in partnership with the United States’ Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
In an invitation to the event, Anthony Deaton, the public affairs’ officer at the United States’ Embassy here said about 50 military and civilian representatives from several Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries will participate in the symposium to learn more about and exchange experiences on regional environmental challenges.
The three-day symposium will cover topics ranging from global to regional environmental security challenges, as well as several technical disciplines such as the impact of climate change on international security; disaster preparedness and response; water resources’ management; coastal erosion; and environmental/engineering considerations in military operations.
The mission of the Environmental Security Programme is to promote inter-agency and multinational cooperation between military and non-military stakeholders in environmental security.
To achieve this goal, the programme will introduce international military concepts in the area of environmental security, and will seek to enhance dialogue and cooperation between regional partners so as to raise awareness about environmental and engineering issues, and to assist nations in their efforts to enhance countries’ capacities in meeting their environmental security challenges.