General Guidelines and Tools

Practitioner's Resource Kit: Environmental Management in Humanitarian Operations

ERM

2007

Mainstreaming the Environment into Humanitarian Response. An Exploration of Opportunities and Issues. Prepared by Barrett, E., Murfitt, S., and Venton, P.

How environmental considerations can affect a humanitarian response, and key challenges to their integration
Includes list of key tools used by humanitarian agencies

 

SPHERE

2004

Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response 

Environment as a cross-cutting issue
The Minimum Standards address the need to prevent over-exploitation, pollution and degradation of environmental conditions

 

Tearfund

2007

Darfur: Relief in a Vulnerable Environment

Describes the environmental context of Darfur and makes practical recommendations for the relief effort

 

UNEP

2006

Environmental Considerations of Human Displacement in Liberia. A Guide for Decision-Makers and Practitioners

The importance of taking environmental considerations into account when dealing with displaced people and when preparing for resettlement and reintegration
Includes a series of case studies
Tools, approaches, references

 

UNHCR

2007

Handbook for Emergencies. 3rd edition

Includes environmental considerations

2005

  1. Environmental Guidelines
    The basis for incorporating environmental factors into specific UNHCR guidance/guidelines and programmes
    Framework for identifying and evaluating the most common environmental impacts associated with specific refugee or returnee situations, and the opportunities to undertake positive environmental interventions
    How to select interventions that best combine the interests of the refugees, the receiving country, donors and UNHCR
  2. Principes directeurs du HCR en matière d'environnement 

French version of UNHCR Environmental Guidelines

2002

  1. Handbook of Selected Lessons Learned from the Field: Refugee Operations and Environmental Management
    A Sourcebook with the following themes: Institutional arrangements; Environmental assessment, Planning and monitoring; Refugee camp and settlement establishment; Forestry and natural resource management; Environmental education and awareness-raising.
  2. Practicing and Promoting Sound Environmental Management in Refugee/Returnee Operations
    Papers presented at an International Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, 22 – 25 October 2001

1998

Refugee Operations and Environmental Management - Key Principles for Decision-Makers

Highlights the key issues to enable decision-makers take appropriate actions on issues connected to environmental management during refugee operations

 

UN/OCHA and UNEP

2007

Humanitarian Action and the Environment

Information leaflet

 

UNEP and OCHA

2009

Guidelines for Environmental Emergencies. Version 1

Reference guide for countries wanting to improve their preparedness in the event of an environmental emergency, and for international environmental emergency responders providing assistance.

 

USAID

2006

Environmental Guidelines for Small-Scale Activities in Africa; Chapter 10: Humanitarian Response and Natural Disasters. 2nd Edition

The potential environmental impact of humanitarian response, and environmental forces driving natural disasters
Full Guidelines can be downloaded from: www.encapafrica.org/egssaa.htm