Humanitarian action and environment



GuidelinesBack to top

 

Humanitarian Action and the Environment (UNEP)

Leaflet explains the linkages between each humanitarian sector on the environment and the direct and indirect impacts of emergencies on environment using examples from previous disasters.

 

 

Key Things to Know About Environment as a “Cross-Cutting” Issue
in Early Recovery (UNEP)

Article explains in detail sectors that need specific environmental attention: hazardous substances, emergency waste management, water use, sanitation, energy consumption, refugee/IDP camps, transport and green procurement, p. 2 – 4. Includes general and sector-specific checklists of environment-related questions to ask when leading an assessment, p. 4 – 6.

 

 

Mainstreaming the Environment into Humanitarian Response (ERM Nov 2007)

Report outlines opportunities for mainstreaming per sector, case studies of successes and failures, direct, indirect, short term and long-term negative impacts if environment is not mainstreamed (p. 17 – 19) and recommendations to move forward.

 

 

Mainstreaming the Environment into Humanitarian Action (UNEP and Groupe URD)

Article explains the challenges and opportunities humanitarian actors face in mainstreaming environment and six steps of action that need to be taken in the humanitarian community. There is an accompanying PowerPoint presentation for training purposes available. Contact Tom Delrue, UNEP Programme Officer:
tom.delrue@unep.org

 

 

From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources
and the Environment (UNEP)

Policy report explains how environment and natural resources have an impact on conflict and vice versus and explores ways both can help or damage the peacebuilding process.

 

 

It is Time for Aid to Go Green (Groupe URD)

Article explains the impact humanitarian action has on the environment and the need to re-evaluate how sectors operate and carry out programmes.


Case StudiesBack to top

 

Environmental Emergency Response to the South Asia Earthquake
(Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit 2006)

Report gives an overview of the environmental response to the earthquake, the issues identified, activities established to address the issues (waste management, landslide risk, natural resources) and overall lessons learned.

 

 

Asia—Tsunami Environment Report Sri Lanka
(Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit 2004)

Report identifies environment issues, and explains activities that were initiated to address the needs and lists recommendations for further action and collaboration.

 

 

Asia—Tsunami Environment Report Indonesia
(Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit 2004)

Report identifies environment issues, explains activities initiated to address the needs and lists recommendations for further action and collaboration.


ResourcesBack to top

 

OneResponse Environment Website

Information-sharing platform for humanitarian actors to facilitate mainstreaming environment into sectors. Website provides comprehensive information about each cluster, coordination, recent updates, tools, guidance and contact information. Specific page exists covering the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

 

 

Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit Website

Website lists links to further tools and guidelines for preparedness and response assessments and management.