Welcome to a new resource centre aimed at making it simpler to integrate environmental considerations into humanitarian action planning and operations around the world.

What is the resource centre?


Many humanitarian actors simply do not have the capacity or resources to integrate environmental concerns into humanitarian operations. In response, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its capacity of Cross-cutting Issue Lead for Environment in the humanitarian coordination system (cluster approach), has created this online resource centre to make relevant guidelines, tools and training readily available.

More than 150 resources from over 20 organizations are arranged according to sector and environmental issue. UNEP invites contributions of resources in any language to ensure this website provides the best available current information from around the world. Contact us for details.

Why does environment matter?


Disasters and conflicts often impact the environment in ways that threaten human life, health, livelihoods and security. At the same time, the humanitarian response to a disaster or conflict may cause just as much environmental damage as the crisis itself by leaving a trail of polluting waste, concentrated resource over-use and heavy, unsustainable urbanization. Disaster and conflict-prone regions are then on path-dependent trajectories that continue to over-exploit natural resources and the environment and threaten human welfare.