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Guidance for Assessments in Sudden Onset Emergencies

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Include environmental assessments as an integral component of the disaster assessment phase. Conduct an environmental assessment as soon as possible after the disaster even if the environmental consequences do not seem obvious. Make use of cluster and/or sector meetings to collect and share information, to raise awareness for cluster-specific environmental… Read More

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Assessments

Crisis Response and Recovery

Assessing the environmental consequences of an emergency and prioritizing the response actions based on the needs, forms the foundation of a coherent, efficient and sustainable humanitarian response. Read More

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Guidance for Assessments in Protracted Crises

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Include an assessment of the state of the environment when updating the overall humanitarian needs assessment. Natural resource depletion and environmental degradation are drivers of subsequent disaster risk, can severely add to the vulnerability of affected people, increase the overall complexity of crisis and complicate recovery efforts. To assess environmental… Read More

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How to Guidance for Sudden-Onset and Protracted Crises Response & Recovery

Crisis Response and Recovery

Conduct an environmental assessment to establish the key impacts of the disaster on the environment, using tools like the Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment (REA), Flash Environmental Assessment Tool (FEAT), the New Environmental Assessment tool (NEAT+), Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), or full-scale Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) depending on the context,… Read More

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The Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disasters (REA) tool

Assessments, Crisis Response & Recovery, Implementation

The Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disaster (REA) is a tool to identify, define, and prioritize potential environmental impacts in disaster situations.

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Guidance for Response and Recovery Planning in Sudden Onset Emergencies

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Including environmental concerns in response plans advances environmental mainstreaming throughout the humanitarian operations through clear and specific actions. Due to the nature of sudden-onset emergencies, not all relief activities can always be based on detailed pre-disaster information. Know the planning context within which you operate. Within the UN system, the… Read More

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Guidance for Response Monitoring in Sudden Onset Crises

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Monitoring needs to relate to baseline information from earlier environmental assessments and analyses conducted during preparedness and/or initial stages of the emergency. Environmental impacts are monitored against the established baseline. Monitoring is essential to determine whether an activity should be discontinued or adapted due to its environmental impact. The perspective… Read More

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Cash transfer programming is increasingly used in humanitarian assistance. When selecting a cash transfer modality, the associated environmental impacts should be assessed and mitigated. Read More

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Guidance for Implementation in Protracted Emergencies

Guidances

During project implementation in protracted crises, make use of local capacities, increasing the accountability of the response and rooting it in the local context. Local networks active over the long timespan of a protracted crises have had sufficient time to specialize in specific areas and possess valuable local knowledge and… Read More

Additional Resource

The Nexus Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT+)

The Nexus Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT+) is an environmental screening tool that allows humanitarian actors to quickly identify issues of environmental concern before designing longer term emergency or recovery interventions. It is conducted on Kobo data collection platform (on phone, tablet or computer) and produces an automatically generated report in Excel, categorizing areas of risk into high, medium and low and providing associated narrative that can be helpful towards mitigation.

The NEAT+ and associated guidance material provide more detail on the tool.

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