Discussion paper to develop a plan to integrate these sectors.
Further Integrating the Environment and Humanitarian Action
BY JOSEPH ATTWOOD, ANITA VAN BREDA, AND CHARLES KELLY | 12 MAR 2016
Inspired by the Environment in Emergencies Forum 2015 in Oslo a discussion has emerged on how to better embed the environment into humanitarian action. While policy and logic demand this, practice has been slow in evolving, to the detriment of disaster survivors. A 2014 report produced by UNEP/OCHA clearly and explicitly discusses the impact of what a reduced focus on environmental issues has on effective and quality humanitarian programming and offers concise, deliverable and targeted recommendations that would help to resolve this issue.
However it is not clear if these recommendations are being acted upon and furthermore co-ordinated environmental representation still remains largely absent from any integration into humanitarian responses.
This discussion paper has been developed in order to gauge the opinion of practitioners in the humanitarian and development community and to develop a response to three action points.