Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact
as much as possible during Cold Response 2020.
In the planning phase, the Norwegian Armed Forces
have conducted several reconnaissance tours in the exercise area together with
participating allies and partner nations. 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 exercise maps
that all participating units must use.
Since the ground normally is frozen in March, heavy
vehicles can drive without leaving deep traces in the ground. However, at the
beginning of February the ground is not as frozen as expected, which might
cause heavy vehicles to leave traces in the ground. To reduce this problem, we
have pointed out areas where the forces can maneuver more 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.
During the exercise, personnel from the exercise command and the exercise umpires will help to 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 neighbors and the environment as much as possible. Environmental protection is vital for 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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