Relationship Between Military Engineers and Environmental Issues

  • March 24, 2011
  • Ms Marcela Ramirez

The principles of environmental stewardship and sustainability support environmental protection. Environmental protection is the application of human ingenuity and resources, through the disciplines of science and engineering, as required by environmental protection laws, regulations, and policies, to protect the natural environment. The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Command Strategy for 2016 provides a vision of a more joint interagency organization by collaborating with other USG agencies such as USAID and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in addition to NGOs/IOs and partner nations to ensure security, enhance stability and enable prosperity in the Americas. In the last decade USSOUTHCOM Command Engineers have promoted environmental engineering issues in their AOR in a collaborative way and have added the dimensions of human attitudes and values to the technical environmental protection process. To that end USSOUTHCOM Command Engineers have organized a series of regional Military Engineering and Environment Conferences in the region. The objectives of these conferences include supporting host nations in building institutional capacities; increase sustainability and resilience of partner nations to natural disasters; identifying cooperative civil-military venues and provide recommendations on military engineering and environmental challenges facing the AOR, in addition to creating strategic alliances throughout the region.