AFRICOM workshop to equip military, police and civilian personnel with essential skills on environmental security

he Rwanda Peace Academy in conjunction with the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) Environment Security (ENSEC) Program will be conducting a three-day workshop on Environmental Security from the 21 – 23 June 2011 at Nyakinama, Northern Province.

The workshop, titled “Environmental Security Considerations in Military Operations”, will mainly focus on sustainable management of military training ranges, including waste management, contaminated land and un-exploded ordinance, site investigation and cleanup.

Some of the other objectives of the workshop include capacity building in interagency and cross-organizational collaboration on environmental security, including planning and execution of environmental and engineering aspects of various Military Operations and Peacekeeping Operations. Another objective will be aimed at standardization and compliance with international environmental practices, laws, guidance and standards, and implication of various international laws and agreements.

Participants at the workshop will be drawn from the Nation Bureau of Standards, the Ministries of Health and Refugees and Disaster Preparedness, Kigali City Council, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority and the Rwanda National police. The Ministry of Defence and the Rwanda Defence Forces personnel will constitute the majority of the participants at the workshop.

It is expected the workshop will equip the participants with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively address environmental security challenges, either collectively or organizationally, in their various fields of work.

During the course of the year the Rwanda Peace Academy also plans to host other courses. One of the major ones includes a training-of-trainers course on Investigating and Preventing Sexual and Gender-based Crimes for UN Police Officers and trainers from police contributing countries. The course will be held in July and August 2011 for both Anglophone and Francophone, respectively

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