About our work

A woman at the entrance to what is left of her home in Les Cayes, Haiti after Hurricane Matthew (Joint Environment Unit, October 2016).

Disasters such as floods, earthquakes and storms 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 actionto improve lives and livelihoods and foster resilience.

The Coordination of Assessments for Environment in Humanitarian Action: A Joint Initiative is a collaborative effort to update key environmental assessment methodologies, enhance their online accessibility, strengthen the interconnectivity of available tools and pinpoint which ones are used at a particular stage of humanitarian programming or type of emergency.

The joint initiative between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) /Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Joint Unit (JEU) will additionally, through better dissemination of tools, resources and environmental data support efficient consideration of environment and climate knowledge in humanitarian assistance.