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.
People have access to safe shelter while minimising any negative programme impact on the natural environment
% of sheltered persons with access to NFIs that do not generate toxic waste
% of NFIs that are sustainably sourced (with preference for locally sustainably sourced if quality is adequate) and packaged with re-useable, biodegradable or recyclable materials.
Have you developed strategies to minimise environmental and sanitary impacts at point of manufacture?
Have you taken measures to minimise the impact of packaging and waste from household items distributions, and planned for the reuse, repurposing, composting or sanitary disposal of household items where necessary, in line with Sphere Shelter and Settlement Standard 4?
Have you taken measures to minimise the impact of packaging and waste from household item distributions, and planned for the re-use, re-purposing, composting or sanitary disposal of household items where necessary, in line with Sphere Shelter and Settlement Standard 4?
Environmental criteria (regarding sustainable sourcing, manufacturing, waste, packaging and transportation) are set within procurement agreements to ensure sourcing of the most sustainable households items.
Include and monitor vehicle emissions, fuel use, maintenance and waste management into distribution plans. Ideally this should include recyclable/reusable solutions.
Report on re-use, re-purposing, recycling and composting of shelter / camp / settlement waste
· Household items should be provided as part of an overall plan.
· Develop and share environmentally sustainable sourcing, manufacturing and waste management procedures with suppliers and manufacturers.
· Plan efficient transport routes; use and maintain newer lower emissions vehicles.
· Ensure household items are relevant and likely to be used and can be repurposed or recycled after use.
· When specifying the type, quantity and quality of the items, prioritise items that are life-saving and ensure the dignity of affected populations, but consider their environmental impact. Aim to reuse / repurpose NFIs when they reach the end of their intended life, ensuring zoonotic or other disease transmission is planned for and minimised.
· Negotiations with suppliers should ensure that packaging is minimised as a part of tender agreements and distributing agencies should remove packaging at the time of distribution and take charge of re-using or repurposing, composting, returning or disposing it on a “polluter pays” principle. This should not be left to local authorities.
· Consider what can be sourced locally through cash or voucher-based assistance, checking the sustainability of available items. Review the sustainability of regional or international procurement for in-kind distribution. This will reduce the carbon footprint of items, reduce environmental degradation and natural resource depletion and support local markets.
· Distributing agencies should remove packaging at the time of distribution and take charge of repurposing, reusing, composting or disposing it on a “polluter pays” principle. This should not be left to local authorities.
· There should be a collection and disposal / reuse plan for NFIs from the time of procurement. Some textiles may be repurposed for livelihoods such as crafts, or re-cycled to create insulation for shelters. Consider developing initiatives with the integration sector.
Look at: https://www.sheltercluster.org/sites/default/files/docs/introduction_environmental_checklist.pdf.pdf