The Navy's Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Readiness Division (CNO N45) hosted "Partners for the Planet," March 31 in Alexandria, Va.
The event brought together the U.S. Navy, environmental non-government organizations (NGOs), and other key stakeholders to discuss environmental topics of shared concern.
Short-term objectives of the forum were to increase NGO and other key stakeholder awareness of the Navy's current and future environmental stewardship efforts, increase Navy leadership awareness of programs and initiatives led by the environmental community; and identify future partnering opportunities.
NGO participants included Endangered Species Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, Oceana, and Ocean Conservancy, among others. These organizations have had ongoing dialogues with the Navy on a number of environmental topics. Representatives from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Marine Mammal Commission also attended.
In addition to CNO N45, Navy participants included leadership and environmental staff from a wide range of Navy organizations, including but not limited to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment (ODASN(E)), Chief of Naval Operations Shore Readiness Division, Office of the Oceanographer & Navigator of the Navy, Office of Naval Research, systems commands, fleets, and regions.
Communication with interested members of non-government organizations is a major priority for the Navy. CNO N45 intends to continue its work to strengthen ties between the Navy and the NGO community at the headquarters and fleet/regional levels.
For more information, contact Tracey Moriarty, director, Environmental Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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