This topic guide on mainstreaming environment and climate change into
humanitarian action is intended for Climate, Environment, Infrastructure
and Livelihoods Advisers in the UK Department for International
Development (DFID) and other development professionals. It is presented
in 4 main sections and includes a glossary, reference list/bibliography,
list of relevant organisations, and an annex with additional background
information. It includes 5 case studies.
Section 1 provides an overview of the key reasons that environmental and
climate change issues are relevant in the context of humanitarian
action, including in the initial, life-saving response phase.
Section 2 provides evidence of the relationships between environment,
climate change and humanitarian action, describes the relevant
humanitarian policies, and identifies key barriers to acting on the
relationship. The evidence on relationships alone may not consistently
justify raising the level of attention given to the environment in a
humanitarian response, particularly during the most acute, life-saving
phase. However, the evidence, taken together with the humanitarian
policy basis and the fact that some barriers are entirely avoidable, may
well do so. Moreover, there are no-regrets actions that can minimise the
risk of negative environmental impacts, as illustrated in the case
study, Challenges and no-regrets lessons from the field.
Section 3 describes the key junctures or ‘entry points’ at which the
environment–climate–humanitarian action relationship can be most
effectively acted upon, and provides strategies for doing so.
Section 4 provides information on topics of concern to DFID advisers in
a humanitarian response. The tables provide general information on the
topic area, related environmental issues, typical interventions and
additional evidence and information. More background and resources are
contained in the Annex. The topics covered include:
- Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
- Food security
- Debris and waste
- Land tenure and land use
- Climate change
This Topic Guide has been produced by Evidence on Demand with the
assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and
Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL
PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE
Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Brooke, R.; Kelly, C. Topic Guide: Mainstreaming environment and climate change into humanitarian action. Evidence on Demand, UK (2015) vi + 69 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_tg.june2015.brookeretal]