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Scoping for Humanitarian Packaging Waste Environmental Assessment

This scoping mission led by USAID in collaboration with the Joint Initiative aims to evaluate existing humanitarian aid delivery systems in order to identify pragmatic, cost-effective approaches to reducing packaging waste during humanitarian interventions.

Countries which request humanitarian assistance often have insufficient waste management systems to  handle the plastics and packaging associated with the aid that they receive. Following emergencies, improper disposal of these packages can cause damages to the environment and human health.

Consult the factsheet here.

Scope and stakeholders

The scoping will evaluate the direct, indirect and cumulative environmental and social impacts stemming from humanitarian assistance packaging and plastics. It will notably:

The inter-agency project is led by the USAID’s Offices of Food for Peace (FFP) and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) under the Joint Initiative, and is also supported by partners such as the World Food Programme, the UN Refugee Agency, the UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit, the International Organization for Migration, the Red Cross Movement and representatives from the Global Cluster system.

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