19 July 2017
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Disasters cause both loss of life and damage to the natural resources upon which societies depend for their well-being. Research has increasingly shown the importance of ensuring that environmental considerations are taken into account at the earliest possible moment of humanitarian action to improve lives and livelihoods and foster resilience. This Joint initiative aims to improve coordination between environment and humanitarian actors both before and after disasters, with a focus on updating key environmental assessment tools. It is a collaborative effort between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the UN Environment/Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Joint Environment Unit (JEU) and the Swedish Civil Contingencies agency (MSB) as well as other member states and civil society organizations. The project will, through better dissemination of tools, resources and environmental data, support efficient consideration of environment and climate knowledge in humanitarian assistance.