Emergency Shelter Cluster (ESC)
Integrating Critical Environmental Issues into Emergency Shelter Cluster Activities
Project dates: February 2008 - May 2009
In an emergency, many people are forced to rely on natural resources – trees and foliage – to provide support for plastic sheeting or other shelter items, as well as for basic roofing materials.
Damage caused to the environment at such times, however, is often irreparable and can have lasting impacts on existing communities, who may have relied on such resources as a means of living.
In an attempt to ensure that environmental considerations are routinely taken into consideration prior to and immediately following an emergency, ProAct and CARE International are developing a series of resources intended to support the global Emergency Shelter Cluster and its lead agencies, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The project "Integrating Critical Environmental Issues into Emergency Shelter Cluster Activities" includes the development of:
- an environmental policy paper, focussing on emergency shelter;
- a checklist of key issues to consider in relation to providing emergency shelter;
- an assessment of shelter materials; and
- a roster of environmental experts who could respond to an emergency situation.
Download the Environment training modules for Emergency Shelter Experts.
ProAct has trained 33 Environment Advisors both in Sri Lanka and Honduras.