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UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit Environmental Assessment – Tropical Storm Bopha Philippines .

Mission Report

The Bopha/Pablo typhoon hit Mindanao early December 2012, killing more than 1000 people, destroying homes, infrastructure, agricultural land and deforesting vast areas, causing severe humanitarian distress and pressure on the local environment. The OCHA office of Davao was assigned support through an Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) -supported environmental expert, deployed through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, in coordinating environmental issues as crosscutting issue for the clusters. During the time of the assignment the Bopha action plan was under revision and the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) process started. During this time there was also some severe flooding (January 20-21) in the area, once again impacting some of the already affected communities. This report provides detailed information regarding the environmental assessment after the typhoon Bopha/Pablo in eastern Mindanao, Philippines. The responsibilities of the positions were to integrate with the clusters (local authorities, UN, NGOs) related to the environmental issues that were relevant. The paper describes the basic environmental issues that were dealt with during the mission.

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