In recognition of its importance, environment is a cross-cutting issue within the humanitarian coordination system, with an increasing understanding and awareness amongst the humanitarian community on the need to integrate environment into programmes and operations. However, most humanitarian actors lack the capacity to ensure environmental mainstreaming. There is a clear need therefore, for a centralized information-sharing platform to make existing guidelines, tools, training, and other resources regarding environment, humanitarian action and early recovery easily accessible. UNEP initiated a comprehensive assessment to compile existing guidelines, tools, training, best practices, case studies and resources to educate and equip practioners in-country to better mainstream environment into different sectors and cross-cutting issues.

The key objective is to identify relevant environment-specific materials that already exist and make them easily accessible to country staff. The materials have been compiled into an online resource centre, targeted at humanitarian actors in crisis situations. Actors may use the materials to guide them in mainstreaming environment into policy development, planning, programme design, and operations. This resource is primarily targeted at programme managers, logisticians, policy and decision makers, country offices, humanitarian and resident coordinators.