Governmental representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and international partners, will discuss environmental issues that may threaten regional security at an OSCE-organized meeting that starts in Tbilisi on 17 January 2007, Trend reports citing OSCE announcement.
Environmental degradation, inequitable access to natural resources and international transport of hazardous materials are among topics to be discussed at the two-day event, which is part of the Environment Security (ENVSEC) Initiative.
"This meeting and the ENVSEC initiative offers Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia an important tool to address environmental threats to regional security," said Ambassador Roy Reeve, the Head of the OSCE Mission to Georgia. "Regional co-operation is an effective way to help tackle these issues."
The ENVSEC Initiative, established in 2003, builds on the combined expertise of the OSCE, the United Nations Development Programme, the UN Environment Programme, NATO, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Europe.