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NATO AND THE ENVIRONMENT

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As an example of food terrorism is mercury (quicksilver) poisoning of Israeli oranges from Palestinians three decades ago. Palestinian idea was to create fear of damage to the Israeli economy after Jaffa oranges become very well known Israeli trademark. When mercury poisoning was revealed, the created fear was significant especially the fact how did they poison the oranges. NATO in Macedonia has participated in environmental projects and conservation of clean drinking water and irrigation of River Vardar and sustainable management of the waters of Lake Prespa. In regard to the use of weapons of mass destruction, according to NATO's strategic concept, “the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, threatens with immeasurable consequences on the global stability and prosperity. Over the next decade, proliferation will be the most critical in most crisis regions in the world”.9 Heads of States and Governments at the Summit in Chicago in May 2012 stated that, “our mutual vision is to create the necessary conditions for a world without nuclear weapons in accordance with the objectives of nuclear non-proliferation”. In order to achieve this goal, NATO will work actively to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by state and non-state actors through active political agenda for arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as through the development and coordination of defense capabilities.
Despite abovementioned areas NATO undertakes specific measures and activities in the field of crisis management. For example, at NATO’s School in Obermergau courses for Civil Emergency Planning and military cooperation in NATO are held. Thereby the main objective of the course is to familiarize the participants with the procedures in NATO from the aspect of terms of civil emergency planning in NATO military structures and its relationship to civil-military cooperation.10 In the same center there are trainings for the role of the North Atlantic military alliance in providing assistance, through involvement of military forces, engineering units, professional units for protection and security of the population in certain areas.
Since 1990 NATO has been engaged in a number of operations in crisis areas, especially in the former Yugoslavia and Darfur region, and also during the forest fires in Greece and Portugal. Support was also provided for the consequences of the Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed the coast of the United States in 2005. Specific cooperation between NATO and Ukraine was initiated in 1995, following after heavy rains in the region Kharkov, and support was provided also during the subsequent flooding (Pedrazzini, 2010).



9http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50325.htm accesses 16.11.2012
10 This course was attended by a representative from the Republic of Macedonia Crisis Management Centre.
http://www.cuk.gov.mk/index.php?content=140 accesses 17.11.2012



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