A Joint Initiative to improve engagement and coordination between environmental and humanitarian actors
The Coordination of Assessments for Environment in Humanitarian Action – The Joint Initiative – is a unique, multi-stakeholder project that convenes environmental and humanitarian actors to work together towards minimizing the environmental causes and consequences of crises and improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian aid. The initiative aims to improve coordination between environmental and humanitarian actors with particular focus on post-disaster environmental assessments.
This multi-stakeholder funded effort was built on an initial partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the UN/Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Swedish Civil Contingencies agency (MSB) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Since the Initiative was launched in early 2017 the overarching goal has been to improve access to and use of environmental data and information by humanitarians and to design and improve key environmental assessment tools tailored for humanitarian assistance. Emphasis has been placed on engaging environmental actors in the conflict and disaster space and on coordination with existing environment in humanitarian action (EHA) initiatives to produce a more robust, innovative approach to EHA that transcends the humanitarian-development nexus.