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.
Accountability to communities is fundamental to the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) and for gathering important feedback on whether shelter activities are making people more or less environmentally resilient. Accountability mechanisms can help to understand and respond to community concerns regarding natural resources, environmental fragilities, and hazards. Feedback can be used to change or strengthen the environmental sustainability of Nutrition activities. Feedback can also be used to inform the content of IEC resources on developing more environmentally sustainable Nutrition responses.
Involving and being accountable to the affected communities by following inclusive, participatory, and accountable procedures is also standard good practice in information management at the response or local level. This includes careful data protection based on principles of confidentiality, privacy, and security and at all times ensures the protection of the displaced population.
Members of the humanitarian response should be trained by gender, protection, and GBV specialists so that everyone knows their role and good practices. Training should ensure that team members understand appropriate ways to engage with communities, possible sensitivities they might face, and how to respond to them. This also allows for practical awareness and effective communication with disabled persons.
Loss of biodiversity and ecosystems
Natural resource depletion
Increased intensity of storms/hurricanes
Accountability and community engagement mechanisms should be designed to include the environment, including:
The full Toolkit and isolated tools can be downloaded directly from the IFRC website.
An accountable and participatory approach brings important practical advantages to programs, including: