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.
Environmental factors, linked to solid waste management, that can cause or contribute to humanitarian needs or affect humanitarian activities include climate – temperature, humidity, rainfall; flooding; ground and surface water. Variation in these factors affects the demand for and complexity of waste management services. Flooding rivers often transport and deposit materials, including existing solid waste, and creating new solid waste, that then needs to be cleaned up to avoid problems such as creating new vector breeding sites and health problems in nearby populations. Strong wind and storms can also spread rubbish and debris, including from open solid waste piles.
Severe weather conditions may combine with other environmental conditions to generate waste. For example, wildfires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes often create large quantities of debris that need to be managed.
When launching a waste management project, it may be necessary to develop a locally valid classification of waste, taking into account different views of women and men regarding what materials are considered waste and what categories of waste are in use in local discourse and practice. In order to maximize the quality and efficiency of waste management services, it is important to know the needs and challenges of women.
For example, are women-owned enterprises able to generate a high work volume to pay for the higher investment to introduce new technology for recycling?
Do women have equal access to the necessary training?
Loss of biodiversity and ecosystems
Impact on wellbeing / mental health
Potential disease spread from improper handling, management/treatment/disposal of food waste.
If organic waste is separated and composted it will reduce the likelihood of air, water, and soil pollution and can benefit the environment by creating nutrients/compost for crops.
Provision of equipment
Support for composting or biogas livelihoods.
Encouraging uptake of organic waste composting requires a combination of awareness-raising on the importance and value of composting; training on safe methods of separating and composting organic waste or using it to create biogas; composting demonstration projects; provision of composting starter equipment, such as worms, wood chippings, trowels, timber or insulated compost bins and provision of initial financial and practical support for composting or biogas livelihoods.
Numerous viruses of human or animal origin can spread in the environment and infect people via water and food, mostly through ingestion and occasionally through skin contact. These viruses are released into the environment by various routes including water run-offs and aerosols. Furthermore, zoonotic viruses may infect humans exposed to contaminated surface waters. Foodstuffs of animal origin can be contaminated, and their consumption may cause human infection if the viruses are not inactivated during food processing.
Molecular epidemiology and surveillance of environmental samples are necessary to elucidate the public health hazards associated with exposure to environmental viruses. Whereas monitoring of viral nucleic acids by PCR methods is relatively straightforward and well documented, detection of infectious virus particles is technically more demanding and not always possible (e.g. human norovirus or hepatitis E virus). The human pathogenic viruses that are most relevant in this context are nonenveloped and belong to the families of the Caliciviridae, Adenoviridae, Hepeviridae, Picornaviridae, and Reoviridae. Sampling methods and strategies, first-choice detection methods, and evaluation criteria are reviewed.
Increase in composting
Prevention of environmental damage
Time, resources, training, support for awareness-raising raising, training, and equipment provision for composting.