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5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice 24-28 August 2014 in Davos, Switzerland

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  1. 1. Integrating Environment into Humanitarian Action and DRR Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit joint Wendy Cue Chief Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit OCHA Emergency Services Branch Geneva, Switzerland
  2. 2. Building Functional Resilience: Integrating Ecosystems, Environment and Natural Resources into DRR
  3. 3. Presentation outline • Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit • Environment in DRR and Humanitarian Action • FEAT and Environmental Emergency Risk Index
  4. 4. Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit Technical expertise + Humanitarian coordination = Prepared Response
  5. 5. Future landscape of humanitarian action Environmental degradation Urbanization Climate Change Slow-onset disasters Extreme weather events Water scarcity Increased risk of (environmental) emergencies
  6. 6. FEAT Flash Environment Assessment Tool • For natural disaster response and planning. • Used to identify secondary environmental impacts • Focus on “big & obvious” acute life-threatening issues • Can identify immediate needs Session 4 6
  7. 7. How to analyse environmental aspects of humanitarian risk? Environmental Emergency Risk Index: Need to integrate environment in risk models and to prioritize efforts Captures two new elements: •Technological hazards •Environmental vulnerability Builds on what is already available, is proactive and forms part of a set of criteria on which countries and initiatives to engage with
  8. 8. EERI Initial Results
  9. 9. Environmental Emergency Risk Next steps:  Exploring the various elements of environmental emergency risk • Country-dedicated work • Improvement of datasets • Links between the different hazard and vulnerability elements  Further exploring the links between humanitarian, climate change and environmental emergency risk?
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