South Caucasian Countries Discuss Environmental Risks

TBILISI (Armenpress)–Governmental representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and international partners have gathered in Tbilisi for discussing environmental issues that may threaten regional security. The two-day meeting that started today is organized by the OSCE. Environmental decay, inequitable access to natural resources and international transport of hazardous materials are among topics to be discussed at the event, which is part of the Environment Security 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 Program, the UN Environment Program, NATO, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Europe. OSCE.

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