Managing MINUSMA's environmental impacts

Fri, 07/06/13

Security Council resolution 2100, which established United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), is the first resolution to ask a peacekeeping mission to manage its own environmental impacts.
32. Requests the Secretary-General to consider the environmental impacts of operations of MINUSMA when fulfilling its mandated tasks and, in this context encourages MINUSMA to manage them, as appropriate and in accordance with applicable and relevant General Assembly resolutions and United Nations rules and regulations, and to operate mindfully in the vicinity of cultural and historical sites.”





So how does this work in practice?

Sophie Ravier, Environmental Officer of UN Department of Field Support, has been in Mali for the past few weeks as part of the advance team responsible inter alia for identifying possible future offices and accommodation for staff to be deployed before a camp can be built. Here she explains some of the environmental considerations that form part of the decision making process:

The reconnaissance team visited a few locations to assess them from a security perspective, but also looked at the environmental aspects of those locations including water, energy and possible waste management solutions.






Since June 2009, DPKO and DFS have followed an environmental policy for UN field missions aimed at minimizing the missions’ own environmental impacts.... For peacekeeping missions, good management of the environment presents operational and security benefits. By using renewable energy, missions can reduce their reliance of fuel supply and related convoys, which could be a potential target of asymmetric threats due to the long supply routes to access this landlocked country.”

Watch the video below to find out more about the reconnaissance trip to Gao and Timbuktu in northern Mali:

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