An online tool to easily integrate environmental considerations in humanitarian response.

The Virtual Environmental and Humanitarian Adviser (VEHA) tool has been designed as an online resource for practitioners and professionals working in the response, planning and management teams. To use the VEHA tool: scroll down to Guidance Selection and...

Drill down to a sector and subsector you’re interested in. Select the type of guidance by clicking the green and blue buttons: Sector Planning guidances allow you to environmentally align your project strategy design and Field Implementation guidances are useful for the design and execution of humanitarian activities in the field. When selecting any Field Implementation guidances you will also have to choose the activity and subactivity in order to obtain the specific guidance. All guidances open in a new tab. Go back to this page to select and explore more guidances. 


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Guidance Selection

1. Choose sector

Food Security
Food Security
Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH)

2. Choose subsector

Food Availability
Food Availability
Food Access
Enabling activities - Food security

3. Choose humanitarian activity

Access and availability of services
Access and availability of services
Access and availability to palliative and end-of-life care
Access to sanitation
Advocacy and awareness
Assessment and needs analysis - Food Security
Assessment and needs analysis - Health
Assessment and needs analysis - Livelihoods
Assessment and needs analysis - Nutrition
Assessment and needs analysis - Shelter
Best value for money (BVM) interventions
Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)
Construction activities
Construction of shelters/settlement- Enabling activities shelter
Construction of shelters/settlement- Technical assistance –Transitional shelter and core housing
Diagnosis and case management
Disease treatment
Dissemination of information
Diversifying livelihoods
Emergency shelter
Ensuring access to effective trauma care
Ensuring adequate healthcare workforce at all levels
Ensuring appropriate water quality for water consumption and hygiene activities
Essential Healthcare - Mental health care
Faecal Sludge management (FSM)
Food availability
Food processing - storage
Food quality, appropriateness and acceptability
Food storage
Food use
General construction activities
General construction and material sourcing
General WASH Assessment
Healthcare essential medical products and technologies
Immediate relief
In-kind material assistance
Infection prevention and control
Infection prevention and control (prevention and treatment of zoonotic diseases)
Infection prevention and control (surveillance, outbreak preparedness and early response)
Living space and shelter design
Location and settlement planning
Management of acute malnutrition
Management of newborn and childhood illness
Managing hospital, clinic, laboratory, and temporary /field facilities
Micronutrients in Emergencies
Monitoring and Evaluation - Food Security
Monitoring and Evaluation - Health
Monitoring and Evaluation - Livelihoods
Monitoring and Evaluation - Nutrition
Monitoring and Evaluation - Shelter
Monitoring and Evaluation - WASH
Nutrition training
Permanent Shelter
Preparedness - Food Security
Preparedness - Livelihoods
Preparedness - Nutrition
Preparedness - WASH
Preparedness – Shelter
Prevention and treatment of HIV and other STD's
Promotion of good hygiene practices
Protecting livelihoods
Providing access to hygiene items
Providing access to safe and integrated quality healthcare
Provisioning livelihoods
Recover livelihoods - Agriculture
Recover livelihoods - Agroforestery
Recover livelihoods - Fisheries
Recover livelihoods - Livestock
Recover livelihoods - Water/land management
Reducing financial barriers - Health
Reproductive, maternal and newborn healthcare
Resource Mobilisation - Food Security
Resource Mobilisation - Livelihoods
Resource Mobilisation - Nutrition
Resource Mobilisation - WASH
Resource Mobilisation – Shelter
Responsive and proportional response
School feeding
Security of tenure
Settlement management
Shelter refurbishment / upgrade
Social considerations in basic services and security
Solid waste management
Strategic Planning - Food Security
Strategic Planning - Health
Strategic Planning - Livelihoods
Strategic Planning - Nutrition
Strategic Planning - Shelter
Strategic Planning - WASH
Strengthening livelihoods
Support for appropriate IYCF in Emergencies
Targeting, distribution and delivery
Timely delivery of goods and services
Transitional Shelter
Transport communication and coordination
Transport operations
Transport services and fleet management
Transport strategy
Vector control
Wastewater management (estimation, separation, transportation, treatment, reuse, discharge)
Water consumption
Water distribution
Water extraction for water consumption and hygiene activities

4. Choose humanitarian subactivity

Orienting staff and volunteers on how to offer psychological first aid
Orienting staff and volunteers on how to offer psychological first aid
Minimising issues related to alcohol and drugs

Select guidance type

Select your sector and/or activity of interest from the drop down menus, and then click the blue or green buttons to read a specific guidance.

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