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Climate Change and Security Course

Date: (24-04-2018)
City: Sofia
Duration: 4 days
The Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE), under the auspices of European Security and Defence College will conduct Climate Change and Security Course from 24 April to 27 April 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The course is supported by the Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and G.S. Rakovski National Defence College.

The residential module of the course is hosted at the CMDR COE Premises, 34A Totleben Blvd., Shipka hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria (details and directions available in the CMDR COE’s website:


The aim of this course is to enhance awareness of climate change security implications through acquisition of basic knowledge related to global warming as a phenomenon and a security threat multiplier, the main factors which affect the environment, and the impact of climate change on international peace and security in short, mid and long term period.

Training Audience:

The course is open to civil servants and military from EU Member States and relevant EU Institutions and Agencies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Point main climate change characteristics – causes, impacts, scenarios, direct and indirect impacts;
  • State the main international strategies, policies and actors in the field of Climate Change;
  • Summarise the nexus between Climate Change and Security  considering the impact of climate change on international peace and security, and implications on the military activities; 
  • Point the main EU strategies, policies and actors in Climate Change mitigation and adaptation;
  • Explain the impact of climate-driven, man-made and natural disasters on security;
  • Links the main direct and indirect impacts with CSDP/CFSP;
  • Describe the EU organizational structures, mechanisms and instruments for international cooperation in disaster response, including Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), the Integrated Political Crisis Response Arrangements of the Council of the EU and the  European External Action Service (EEAS) structures; 
  • Outline the EU integrated approach in early warning and building resilience;
  • Explain the relevance of co-operation and networking with the various actors in the field.


The course consists of an eLearning session on the eLearning platform of the ESDC and a residential module, both parts being compulsory. The eLearning session will be available with effect from 1 April 2018.The topics during the residential module will be explored in an interactive manner, in sessions followed by Q&A, as well during a panel discussions and team works. 

Attendance of the course is mandatory each and every day. Certificate will be awarded to those course participants who have completed the full course, including the eLearning phase in order to get this certificate.


The CSDP language regime of the training is applied English without translation.


Applications are to be filled out by the national ENLIST nominators via the ESDC secured registration system . Deadline for registration: 23.03.2018.

Registration will not be final until confirmed by the ESDC Secretariat and upon completion of the registration form in ENLIST by the confirmed participants.


- LTC Stoyan Stoyanov,, phone: +359 2 92 24718

- Mr. Philip Spаssov, philip.spа, phone: +359 2 92 24737.

Additional information is available here.