Virtual Environmental and Humanitarian Adviser Tool – (VEHA Tool) is a tool
to easily integrate environmental considerations in humanitarian response. Sector Planning guidances allow you to environmentally align your project strategy design.
Ensure access to water and sanitation for communities while sustainably managing land, water and ecosystems.
# of crisis-affected people gaining appropriate hygiene conditions while respecting the environment
Have sanitation activities been designed to minimize the risks of groundwater, surface water, air, and soil pollution, and vector-borne disease as per Sphere WASH standards 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, and 4.2 and associated guidance notes?
The sanitation plan includes criteria and actions to mitigate the environmental impact of excreta management, water, air, and soil contamination
· Minimise negative environmental impacts of excreta management, for example contamination of surface or groundwater, air or soil. This includes the correct disposal or treatment of water with minimal environmental damage. Seek environmentally beneficial solutions such as disposal of water to reed filtration beds where they can be demonstrated to fully clean wastewater and leachates.
· For Construction of sanitation facilities (showers, toilets, laundry points, etc.), it is crucial to sustainably sourced construction materials as a condition of tenders, regular removal of construction wastes, regular elimination of stagnant water and any food waste, installation of mosquito-repellent plants (e.g. limonsillo) to protect workers and patients, water and energy systems to reduce consumption. See the Smart Hospitals Toolkit for recommendations.