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Environmental security strategy

At their Summit in Strasbourg / Kehl on 3 and 4 April 2009, NATO’s Heads of State and Government tasked the Secretary General to develop a new NATO Strategic Concept. This exercise should be completed by the time of NATO’s next Summit, which is expected to take place towards the end of 2010.

NATO’s new strategic concept: http://www.nato.int/strategic-concept/index.html

The report can be found directly on the following link: http://www.nato.int/nato_static/assets/pdf/pdf_2010_05/20100517_100517_expertsreport.pdf

As the European Security Strategy recognises that predicted global climate change will have increasing impact on stability and security in many regions around the world and more particularly in Asia and Africa, and in the context of the forthcoming new NATO strategic concept, the set up of an environmental security strategy is more than needed.

It is important to analyse commonality of assessment between the EU and NATO of predicted global climate change as a factor of instability and insecurity in the most vulnerable places in the world, especially in terms of climate change as a driver of current or future conflicts. Climate change consequences like resource depletion, drought and floods, famine and mass migration, might have a direct impact on EU and NATO security interests.

The adequacy of existing NATO and EU capacities to respond to climate change driven catastrophes and the extent to which existing civilian, policing and military capabilities and assets could be deployed or adapted to meet these future challenges should be assessed.

It would be necessary to recommend measures and modifications to training – through NATO’s ACT described above – and to procurement policies, necessary to improve the EU and NATO’s ability to respond to such crisis.

Existing command and control structures and policies in the context of their applicability to the long-term nature of likely climate-driven crisis and conflicts should be reviewed.

The potential for burden-sharing and specialisation between the EU Member States and NATO allies to optimize resource allocation, civilian, policing and military assets which are required for crisis response and conflicts, whether climate driven or not should be explored.

At present, the climate change issue is only mentioned in the new report presented by the group of experts, chaired by Madeleine Albright.

Taking into account environmental security related to it in the new strategic concept would be a breakthrough.

EU 2020 strategy – A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth – versus the Green New Deal

EUROPE 2020 (http://ec.europa.eu/eu2020) puts forward three mutually reinforcing priorities:

Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation.

Sustainable growth: promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy.

Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion.


Employment: population aged 20-64 employment rate of 75% versus 69% today

Innovation: 3% of the EU’s GDP should be invested in R&D versus 1.9% today

Energy: “20/20/20” climate/energy targets should be met – it means a reduction of 20% of GHG emissions compared to 1990 levels (including an increase to 30% of emissions reduction if the conditions are right), a 20% increase in energy efficiency and a 20% renewable energy share in the Union’s final energy consumption

Education: The share of early school leavers should be under 10% and at least 40% of the younger generation should have a tertiary degree

Poverty: 20 million less people should be at risk of poverty

The GREEN NEW DEAL and the Greens-EFA view of the 2020 strategy


Free download of the 2008 publication of the Green New Deal Group – published by nef (the new economics foundation).

Following to the financial and economic crisis of 2008, European governments have launched national recovery packages with more or less green elements pushing green markets.

The green share of recovery programmes is part of a new strategy focussing on climate and energy issues and promoting eco-industries.

This strategy is called the Green New Deal. It comprises targeted state investments in activities that reduce the impact on the environment protecting water, air and soil.

Eco-industries can generate considerable turnover and employment, potentials for further growth. But green economic growth has to be supported while reducing the level of natural resource consumption.