Disasters and the environment are connected.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Environment and Disaster Management (EDM) program collaborates with humanitarian and development agencies, the United Nations (UN), academic institutions and others to integrate environmental considerations into disaster recovery, reconstruction, and risk reduction programs and policies, and to learn and develop new approaches. The program was formed during the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and in the years since we have worked in partnership to provide support, training, and development of new approaches for environmentally responsible disaster management in Belize, Chile, Ecuador, Fiji, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
Meet the EDM Team
Anita van Breda
Anita van Breda is Senior Director of Environment and Disaster Management at World Wildlife Fund and has over 20 years' experience in conservation and disaster management. In her current role she leads WWF's work supporting environmentally responsible disaster recovery, reconstruction and risk reduction including international policy, operations and training.
Anita was instrumental in WWF's development of the Green Recovery and Reconstruction Training Toolkit (GRRT) and has worked with a range of humanitarian and development agencies on disasters around the world. A graduate from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Anita is co-lead of the UN Emergency Shelter Cluster Environment Community of Practice; serves as advisor on environment, disaster risk reduction and climate change for the Sphere Project; and is a member of the OCHA/UNEP Joint Environment Unit advisory group.
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Missaka Hettiarachchi is a civil and environmental engineer by training and holds a PhD in environmental planning and policy from the University of Queensland, Australia. Currently, Missaka is a World Wildlife Fund Fellow based in Sri Lanka who supports the WWF Environment and Disaster Management program. He was a project manager for the WWF and American Red Cross partnership in Sri Lanka (2008-2010) and served as environmental adviser for the UN Emergency Shelter Cluster following the Haiti Earthquake (2010) and Typhoon Haiyan Philippines (2013). Missaka also conducted GRRT training in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake. Missaka is also actively engaged in teaching and research on environmental planning and policy in Sri Lanka and Australia.
Jennifer Pepson Elwood
Jennifer Pepson Elwood is a Senior Program Officer of Environment and Disaster Management at World Wildlife Fund where she focuses on natural and nature-based approaches to flood risk management and urban disaster management. She manages the Environment and Disaster Management online platform and supports trainings and research on environmentally responsible disaster management. Jennifer is an urban planner by training and LEED Green Associate, with graduate degrees from both the University of New Orleans and the School of International Service at American University.
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Judy Oglethorpe is currently Chief of Party for the Hariyo Ban I Program, which aims to reduce adverse impacts of climate change and threats to biodiversity in Nepal. The Hariyo Ban partners led green recovery and reconstruction training related to floods in 2014 and for the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Judy has experience integrating environmental issues in programs related to climate adaptation, health, population, poverty, livelihoods, conflict, transboundary conservation, and large-scale conservation. She worked for 14 years in Southern/East Africa in biodiversity, forest and wildlife conservation; and community based natural resource management. She has an MSc in Environmental Management, University of London and a BSc in Ecological Science, University of Edinburgh.
Ana Victoria Rodriguez
Ana Victoria is currently a Climate Change Officer for WWF in Guatemala. Before joining WWF, Ana Victoria worked as National Advisor for Municipal Public Services with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Guatemala. She previously served as Executive Director of the Association for Environmental Recovery, Management and Sanitation (ARMSA). Ana Victoria currently teaches courses on municipal development at San Carlos and Mariano Galvez Universities in Guatemala. Ana Victoria has a civil engineering degree from San Carlos University in Guatemala and a master's in public administration from the National Institute of Public Administration of Guatemala, and she holds post-graduate diplomas, on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol from the Instituto Latinoamericano de Ciencias, ILC, Peru, and an Environment, Natural Resources and Development from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).
University of Moratuwa
Charith Fonseka is a civil engineer by training and working towards his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Management at University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. He is currently a lecturer at the University and has done consulting for the World Bank conducting Environmental Impact Assessments in Jaffna, Sri Lanka and for the ADB on clean energy.