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Strategy on Defence and Climate Change

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To conceptually prepare the Federal Ministry of Defence and its area of responsibility, eight fields of action have been identified which contribute to achieving the aim of this Strategy:

  • Geoinformation, early warning and foresight: Recognise impacts of climate change early, evaluate and draw relevant conclusions
  • Technologies, research and development: Use and stimulate innovative technologies and research in order to adapt Bundeswehr capabilities 
  • Defence planning and capability development: Ensure long-term usability of Bundeswehr capabilities even under the influence of climate change 
  • Bundeswehr operations across the entire task spectrum: Integrate the impacts of climate change into the cycle of military planning and conduct of operations 
  • Enabling civilian and military personnel: Incorporate challenges posed by climate change into basic and advanced training, qualification and exercises 
  • Defence-relevant infrastructure: Ensure the functioning of defence-relevant infrastructure 
  • Military assistance in Germany and abroad: Continuously refine procedures and processes for the provision of subsidiary assistance by the Bundeswehr
  • Cooperation and partnerships: Use synergies and potential for cooperation through collaboration with partners

In all fields of action, clear objectives have been defined. In a next step, these will be operationalised in internal action plans for further implementation. Accordingly, the Strategy on Defence and Climate Change lays the foundation for a future-oriented adaptation of the Federal Ministry of Defence and its area of responsibility to climate change.

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