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Because it is important?

We must remember that the environment includes everything that surrounds us and that is interrelated with each other. But even though most of us think of the environment as forests and oceans, this is only one part of it. Let us keep in mind that the environment is important for the development of the person and a positive relationship between the human being and the environment allows him to develop comprehensively and acquire greater benefits for himself.

However, in recent years the excessive actions of some human groups have contributed to major species extinctions, gradual and continuous rises in sea level and record temperatures in the Earth's greenhouse atmosphere.

In this situation, saving our earth and its environment becomes very important as it provides us with food and water to sustain life. Our well-being depends solely on this planet that provides food and water to all living beings and it is our responsibility to take care of it.

What do we do?

There are many ways to save our planet, including conserving water, reducing oil use and adopting green energy, reducing waste and single-use plastics, and planting more trees.

It is for this reason that the Organization of American States has been implementing actions at the hemispheric level, facilitating international meetings and conferences on key issues of sustainable development, as well as activities “in the field.” The OAS carries out several mandates aimed at protecting biodiversity, strengthening environmental legislation, water resources management, increasing awareness about climate change and promoting sustainability, among others.

In this context, the Inter-American Defense Board, in compliance with the mandates of the OAS, is developing activities on how to protect the environment in order to have useful and updated information from different perspectives on the lessons learned and good practices of the Armed Forces and/or or security forces that contribute to the protection of the environment and that can be evaluated by the member countries of the IADB and promote the implementation of said actions in the Hemisphere.

How do we do it?

  1. Through technical and consultative advice, so that IADB member countries can share updated and useful information; and establish contacts with international organizations for environmental protection purposes.
  2. Compiling, recording and disseminating the experiences obtained by the Armed Forces of the Hemisphere (such as Lessons Learned, Good Practices, Manuals, Guides, Directives and Bulletins), in aspects related to environmental protection.
  3. Maintaining and expanding a network of contacts, both from the Ministries of Defense of the member and observer countries, as well as from specialized organizations.
  4. Carrying out Conferences, Seminars, Panels, Workshops and Exercises, with the participation of member countries and international experts of the highest level.
  5. Compiling, recording and disseminating information on environmental protection through contact networks and institutional websites.

Who do we do it with?

With the objective of contributing to the protection of the environment, the Inter-American Defense Board maintains permanent contact with:

  • Countries that make up the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Conference of Ministers of the Americas. 34 countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
  • Observer Countries of the European Union and Asia.
  • International organizations: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UN World Food Program (WFP), Coordinating Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
  • Military regional integration organizations: Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CMDA), Inter-American Naval Conference (CNI), Conference of the American Armies (CEA), System of Cooperation between the American Air Forces (SICOFAA).
  • Monitoring and early warning organizations: Pacific Disaster Center (PDC)

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