Information and Data Sharing

Information and Data Sharing

Establishing mechanisms for integrating environmental data and information before a crisis happens

Information and Data Sharing

Information management services support humanitarian actors in gathering, analyzing and disseminating key information about a humanitarian situation. The collection, sharing, joint analysis, and practical application of environmental data is crucial for establishing situational awareness and avoiding unintended consequences on human lives and livelihoods.

The engagement of environmental actors in information management networks or working groups improves sharing of relevant environmental data. On the one hand, humanitarian and national emergency response actors should actively seek out environmental actors with relevant data and findings of environmental assessments. On the other hand, environmental actors should actively seek to strengthen emergency response by sharing their findings with national disaster management and humanitarian actors. Such information could include the locations of protected environmental areas, hydrological data and topographical/drainage profiles, which would be relevant for the placement and management of camps.

Common platforms such as the Humanitarian Data Exchange, HumanitarianResponse.info and MapX can be used to share or access environmental-related data and information, although it is critical to also engage at the country level. In-country information management staff, for example OCHA’s IM country focal point, are able to connect environmental actors with other key actors involved in data collection and analysis.

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