Is there a formal connection between environmental and disaster risk management institutions, or are institutional ‘silos’ hindering collaborative action?
How can cooperation be improved?
Are there any international and regional communication networks for emergency response? These should use a common language and platforms of information exchange and coordination that respective disaster management authorities are familiar with.
Identify environmental policies and legislation relevant for emergency planning and response, e.g. regulations on water management, energy production, land use, hazardous materials and waste.
What is the level of commitment to international policy such as the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, sustainable development goals and climate change action?
Which environmental standards must be upheld throughout response and recovery?
Engage environmental NGOs or the Ministry of Environment to support with compliance and best practices.
Translate environmental legislation into humanitarian context (what implications does legislation have for water management, construction, transport, energy, food delivery and other humanitarian activities).
See Chapter 5 for an assessment of the institutional arrangements for disaster management in Myanmar, which includes various disaster management related ministries and departments, such as the Ministry of Forestry.
Environmental Situation Analysis
Understanding the current and potential future environmental conditions of a region is essential for an efficient and sustainable response
Risk analysis provides a common understanding and prioritization of risks, and should include existing environmental conditions and threats
Environmental Preparedness Planning
Addressing environment as part of preparedness planning lays the foundation for its integration into humanitarian action.
Communicating risks effectively to populations and communities is essential for people to be able to be better prepared and to reduce the damaging impacts of hazards.
An understanding of evolving risks is fundamental to a timely and effective response. The analysis of disaster risks informs the planning of a response, while monitoring ensures that the process is responsive to changing contexts