Virtual Environmental and Humanitarian Adviser Tool – (VEHA Tool) is a tool
to easily integrate environmental considerations in humanitarian response. Field Implementation guidances are useful for the design and execution of humanitarian activities in the field.

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VEHA - Field Implementation Guidance

Transport communication and coordination
Certification of carriers

Certification of carriers


Environmental factors causing/contributing to the needs and affecting the humanitarian activity

The operating context, environmental and road conditions and availability of products in local markets will all affect transport methods used and impacts on the environment.

Gender, age, disability and HIV/AIDS implications

Promote equality of opportunity and inclusion for drivers, technicians, and logisticians including minorities and people living with disabilities.


Environmental impact categories

Air pollution
Soil pollution
Water pollution
Climate change

Summary of Impacts
Summary of potential environmental impacts

· Vehicle greenhouse gas emissions
· Soil and water pollution from fuel spills or inappropriate vehicle washing
· Wear and tear/erosion of roads, especially unpaved roads
· Waste and pollution

Impact detail
Detailed potential environmental impact information

Many of the partners that humanitarian assistance stakeholders work with do not have solid waste management plans, despite acknowledging the challenges associated with solid waste management (particularly plastic waste).

As a result, packaging waste is not consistently addressed across the humanitarian assistance sector and there are few third-party monitoring regulations in place to ensure that implementing partners are held responsible for packaging waste management.

Include environmental sustainability in certification.
User of paperless digital signature systems to reduce printing, tree cutting, ink dye pollution, and paper waste.


Summary of environmental activities

Certification of environmental performance

Assess the production line or third-level distribution channels of your suppliers for waste or misuse.

Detailed guidance for implementing suggested environmental activities

Physical distribution ensures that the mobility of freight-related logistics operations is performed in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

Certification of the environmental performance of emissions and energy

Assessment of production line or third level distribution channels

Assess the production line or third-level distribution channels of your suppliers for waste or misuse.

Lessons Learnt
Lessons from past experiences

Independent monitoring of agencies responding to the Nepal earthquake found that drivers all came from the same caste and gender.

When this was highlighted, action was taken to improve diversity. This brought an additional benefit of diverse contribution to local knowledge, customs, and even engagement with beneficiaries and understanding of the local environment.

Activity Measurement
Environmental indicators/monitoring examples

Number of carriers certified including against environmental criteria

Activity Status
Main Focus
Focus of suggested activities

Prevention of environmental damage

Resource implications (physical assets, time, effort)

Time and resources to assess and implement carrier certification.

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