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Honduras: Rapid environmental assessments after hurricanes Eta and Iota

Mission Report

Between 1 and 16 November 2020, tropical storm Eta and hurricane Iota caused devastating impacts across Honduras, notably. United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) teams, embedding environmental expertise, were dispatched to support the government-led response. The full environmental mission report is available here.  …

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Rapid environmental assessments after La Soufrière volcano eruption

Mission Report

La Soufrière volcano entered in eruption on 9 April 2021, leading to ash plumes of up to 20,000 feet heading east. The UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit (JEU) dispatched a team embedding environmental expertise to support the government-led response. An environmental mission report is accessible here.   The landscape of…

Sri Lanka: Rapid assessments on acute environmental risks after X-Press Pearl Maritime Disaster

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On 20 May 2021, the MV X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and started sinking on early June, releasing fuel oil, dangerous chemicals, and plastic pellets – among other materials – in the Laccadive sea as it was anchored around 9 nautical miles (17 kilometers) northwest of the Port of…

Guyana: Rapid assessments of environmental risks during months-long floods

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Since May 2021, important floods consecutively to heavy rains impacted all regions of Guyana, leading to the official declaration of the situation as national disaster. In response to a request from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – which was supporting the Government of Guyana to implement a…

Haiti: Rapid environmental assessments after devastating earthquake

Mission Report

On 14 August 2021, a major 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, and caused particularly severe damage to the departments of Nippes, Grand’Anse and Sud, in the country’s South. A United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team deployed and supported the government-led response by providing environmental expertise. Information on the…

Equatorial Guinea: Rapid environmental assessments after ammonium nitrate explosions and unexploded ordnance

Mission Report

On 7 March 2021, a series of explosions occurred in the city of Bata, Equatorial Guinea, leaving the country in a catastrophic situation. After consultation with the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) in the country, a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team was deployed to support the government-led…

Launch of the U-NEAT+ – A tool for urban operations


The UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit (JEU), with support from Data Friendly Spaces, Joint Initiative partners, and expert reviewers, released the Urban Nexus Environmental Assessment Tool (U-NEAT+) in July 2021. The urban version of the environmental screening tool comes in response to the increasing and complex trend of urban displacement that…

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