The National Guard in the context of the Thematic Month on the Environment organized an informative workshop entitled "Armed Forces and the Environment" at the Cultural Foundation of the Holy Monastery of Kykkos in Archangelos on July 2, 2018.
The purpose of the meeting was to inform and raise awareness among the members of the military family of the NG regarding the proper environmental management in order to finally become a vehicle for the consolidation and development of the environmental awareness of tomorrow's citizens of the Republic of Cyprus.
Rapporteurs at the meeting were Mrs. Eftychia IOANNOU, Engineer of the Technical Services of the Ministry of Defense, Dr Ioannis P. GKLEKAS, Scientific Associate, Mr. Kostas PAPAGEORGIOU, and the Head of the Department of Forest Protection and Forest Engineering of the Department of Forests, as well as Mrs. Athina Papanastasiou and Mrs Natalia GEORGIOU, Environmental Officers of the Department of the Environment.
During the seminar, the framework and the environmental policy of the Ministry of Defense were presented, within which the implementation of the Environmental Management Systems in NG’s camps is carried out. In addition, information on the role of NG in waste management has been updated, with particular reference to the management of forest fires on the island.
The meeting was attended by the Environment Commissioner, Mrs. Ioanna PANAGIOTOU, the NG’s Leadership, representatives of the National Guard Commands and Formations and a number of executives.
The Chief of NG Lieutenant General Ilias LEONTARIS, in his address, underlined the need for all members of the society to be aware of their responsibility for protecting the environment and for the proper management of the available resources so that they become also available to the future generations. He said that the National Guard will do so to control and maximize the effectiveness of both existing environmental programs and any future ones that will arise, emphasizing that these should be directed where are needed. Finally, he concluded that, as an organization, the NG will continue to encourage the adoption of best practices in all of its facilities and to adopt those policies of environmental sustainability, while reminding all its members that the proper management of the resources allocated and the maintenance of the environment unchanging is a responsibility for all of us.
At the end of the conference, the Chief of the NG presented commemorative plaques to the rapporteurs.