Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible during Trident Juncture 2018.
In the planning phase, NATO and the Norwegian Armed Forces have conducted several reconnaissance tours in the exercise area. We have also had a close cooperation with civilian authorities to locate areas we should or must avoid – like drinking water sources, fish farming facilities, cultural monuments, etc. This information is incorporated into environmental maps that all participating units must use.
Since the ground normally is not frozen in October–November, heavy vehicles can leave deep traces in the ground. To reduce this problem, we have pointed out areas where the forces can manoeuvre freely, and areas where transportation and battle must be avoided or kept at a minimum.
Military activity is prohibited in so-called out of bounds areas, like nature reserves, national parks and cultural monuments. Through several local agreements, we are allowed to use low-risk areas – i.e., where landowners will plough the ground after the exercise.
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During the exercise, personnel from the exercise command and the exercise judges will help avoid any unnecessary damage to the environment. However, each nation bears the ultimate
responsibility for the actions of its own forces.
Our goal is to reduce the consequences for neighbours and the environment as much as possible. Environmental protection is vital for both NATO and the Norwegian Armed Forces, and all the participants will be instructed to respect the restricted areas and to avoid damages and pollution.
Environmental protection officer: +47 400 38 526
Fire department: 110
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