Guidelines for Rapid Environmental Impact in Disasters
The Guidelines for Rapid Environmental Impact in Disasters (REA) provide a means to define and prioritize potential environmental impacts in disaster situations.
The Guidelines is composed of five main parts and ten supporting Annexes. The main parts include an Introduction to the REA, and modules on Organization and Community Level Assessments, Consolidation and Analysis of assessment results and Green Review of Relief Procurement. The Annexes include information sources, forms used in the assessment and information useful in managing the REA process.
The Guidelines for Rapid Environmental Impact in Disasters provides a comprehensive description of the REA process together with background information on key tasks needed to complete the assessment. A separate Quick Guide to the REA process is also available. The Quick Guide includes the rating forms and instructions found in the Guidelines but only a minimal amount of additional information on the REA process.
A Guidelines-based rapid environmental impact assessment can be conducted as a standalone exercise or as part of, and using information collected during, other standard disaster impact assessments. When done as part of another type of assessment the REA process should not result in any significant increase in workload in the field or during analysis.