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Activation of Working Group on Remote Environmental Analysis for Humanitarian Action

Initiatives

As part of its collaboration with the Joint Initiative (Coordination of Assessments for Environment in Humanitarian Action) project, the UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit activated its pilot Working Group on Remote Environmental Analysis for Humanitarian Action in Somalia, where severe flooding has impacted the country and the neighbouring regions.

IPS – When Environmental Crises Hit Homes, Women Suffer the Most

News

The article by the Inter Press Service (IPS) highlights how environmental emergencies can have a more exacerbated impact on women. As part of a series of stories for International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, IPS released a series of stories related to gender and emergency management. In this…

UNEP Story – Curbing Pollution from extractive industries

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This article by UN Environment details the adverse effects of extractive industries by using mining accidents in Brazil and Papua New Guinea as case studies. The article explores how both communities experienced the worst mining disasters in their countries. It highlights the need for integration of local communities in the…

UNEP Story: Tackling a hurricane’s trail of waste

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This article by UN Environment provides a first-hand account of the challenges facing Dominica following a series of hurricanes which struck the region in December 2017. Dan Stothart, Regional Humanitarian Affairs Officer for UN Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean, flew to Carribean following the emergency. This story provides…

Joint #Envconflictday Statement: Protecting the Environment, Protecting People

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On 6 November 2017, 31 NGOs and 12 experts joined forces and used the United Nations’ International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict as an opportunity to advocate for greater progress in efforts to protect people and the environment from the impact of…

Opinion: As Communities Rebuild After Disaster, We Must Keep Nature In Mind

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This opinion piece by Ensia Voices describes the importance of integrating environmental concerns into rebuilding efforts following natural disasters. In her opinion piece on the environment and disasters, featured in the Ensia Voices section, Anita Van Breda writes about how protecting the environment needs to be a priority when…

Environment and Emergencies Training (EET) – Slovenia

Initiatives

From 16 to 21 September 2017, Slovenia received an edition of the Environment and Emergencies Training (EET), organized jointly by the United Nations, the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), and the Slovenian Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, with financial support of…

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