The compilation of materials (i.e. “mapping”) was conducted using a desk study to identify existing guidelines, tools, best practices, technical manuals and resources that explain how to mainstream environment into different sectors and cross-cutting issues. Materials were acquired from a range of UN, NGO, academic, business and government sources. A comprehensive consultation was also undertaken with cluster leads and partner organizations on the materials. The feedback from the consultation was incorporated into the mapping.

The mapping is structured in two ways. One way is around the humanitarian coordination system (Cluster approach), which comprises of eleven clusters/sectors and four cross-cutting issues, including environment. The mapping is also structured by environmental issue in order to address topics that fall into several sectors and to offer an alternative way to find materials. The mapping includes practical resources such as green procurement strategies for logisticians, environment education curricula for primary schools after an emergency, technical guides on waste management, alternative fuel strategies for refugee/Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps, generic Terms of Reference (ToRs) for a shelter environment advisor, and sustainable water and sanitation methods. Within each category, materials have been disaggregated into guidelines, tools, training, case studies, best practices and resources.

For more information on the coordination of humanitarian action please access the OneResponse website.