AMERICAN RED CROSS & WWF PARTNERSHIP
After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the American Red Cross and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) formed an innovative, five-year partnership to help ensure that the recovery efforts of the American Red Cross did not have unintended negative effects on the environment.
The GRRT was informed by the experiences in this partnership as well as over 30 international authors and experts who have contributed to its content. Participating organizations include International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Oxfam, World Vision, RedR, United Nations Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, CARE, Danish Refugee Council, U.S. Agency for International Development, Save the Children, Sphere, and Tearfund among others.
THE GRRT APPROACH
The environmental expertise of WWF combined with the humanitarian aid expertise of the American Red Cross, allowed the partnership to work across the tsunami-affected region to ensure that the recovery programs included environmentally responsible considerations, which are critical for a long-lasting recovery for communities.The GRRT was originally pilot tested in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and has since been used in Chile, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Nepal, Pakistan, China, and Thailand.