DISASTER WASTE MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

AUTHOR: Joint UNEP/OHCA Environment Unit and Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

LAST UPDATED: 2011

TYPE OF TOOL: Guidelines

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 43 pages

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, waste management, restoration,

impact assessment, Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, United Nations Environment Programme,

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency,

guidelines

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK:

http://www.unocha.org/themes/environmental-emergencies (Joint Unit)

https://www.msb.se/en/ (MSB)

http://www.unocha.org/search/node/disaster%20waste (disaster/waste web page)

https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/Documents/DWM.pdf (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL:  The guidelines provide advice and tools related to challenges of managing

disaster-related waste in emergency and early recovery situations. “They are targeted at

implementers of disaster waste management projects. Their objective is to i) minimize risks to

human life and health ii) reduce risks to the environment and iii) ensure that any value in the DW is

realized, to the bene t of affected communities.”

“The guidelines are in four parts:

1. Introduction and overview.

2. General guidance divided into the immediate response phase, early recovery phase and

recovery phases. The latter includes information on contingency planning.

3. Key considerations that are important throughout the process – for example, health and

safety.

4. Tools and checklists for implementing the guidance provided. These are in the attached

Annexes.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

“The Joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU), housed

within OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch, helps Member States to prepare for and respond to

environmental emergencies. By pairing UNEP’s technical expertise with OCHA’s humanitarian

response coordination structure, the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to

environmental emergencies. The JEU provides independent, impartial advice and practical solutions,

while working with organizations dedicated to medium and long term rehabilitation to ensure a

seamless transition from emergency response to recovery.”

“The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) is a Swedish administrative authority, organised

under the Ministry of Defence. The agency is responsible for issues concerning civil protection,

public safety, emergency management and civil defence.”

INTENDED USER: Implementers and supporting organizations for disaster-waste management

projects.

OCHA CMCOORD FIELD HANDBOOK

AUTHOR: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Civil-Military Coordination

LAST UPDATED: June 2015

TYPE OF TOOL: Guidelines

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, humanitarian action, UN Office for the Coordination of

Humanitarian Affairs, guidelines

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 158 pages

LANGUAGES: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish

WEB LINK:

https://www.unocha.org/ (OCHA)

http://www.unocha.org/country/asia-and-pacific/what-we-do/civil-military-coordination (OCHA Civil-

Military Coordination)

https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/ROAP/Civil%20Military%20Coordination/docs/CMCoord%20Field%20Handbook%20v1.0%20(1).pdf  (tool, English PDF)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The UN-CMCoord Field Handbook comprises of six chapters and a toolbox. To

make full use of its functions and the toolbox, it is best used online to allow access to linked

documents and references. The chapters can be used individually or in conjunction. The sections

include links to other relevant chapters, guidelines and more detailed resources in the toolbox.

1. Chapters I and II summarize key humanitarian concepts and coordination mechanisms and

outline their relevance and links to the CMCoord function.

2. Chapter III gives an overview of military organizations, mandates, concepts and military staff

functions that could serve as the CMCoord Officer’s counterpart.

3. Chapter IV is an aide memoire for the relevant CMCoord guidelines and principles; it

summarizes the key considerations and explains the roles and responsibilities of OCHA and

CMCoord Officers in implementing the guidelines.

4. Chapters V and VI provide guidance on how to implement the CMCoord tasks in natural

disasters and complex emergencies, respectively. They can be used separately from the rest

of the handbook and serve as a field manual.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for

bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also

ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.”

INTENDED USER: Civilian and military organizations operating in the context of humanitarian relief

operations and complex emergencies, including commanders of deployed forces in support of the

UN humanitarian agencies and liaison officers coordinating humanitarian activities with military

forces.

RELIEFWEB

AUTHOR: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

LAST UPDATEDfrequent periodic updates

TYPE OF TOOL: Knowledge platform

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), knowledge platform, restoration, risk reduction, impact assessment, climate adaptation, land and land use, water, shelter, fuel and energy, natural disasters, vulnerable groups

FORMAT: Website

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK:

http://www.unocha.org (OCHA)

http://reliefweb.int/ (website)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “ReliefWeb is the leading humanitarian information source on global crises and disasters. It is a specialized digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

We provide reliable and timely information, enabling humanitarian workers to make informed decisions and to plan effective response. We collect and deliver key information, including the latest reports, maps and infographics and videos from trusted sources.

ReliefWeb’s editorial team monitors and collects information from more than 4,000 key sources, including humanitarian agencies at the international and local levels, governments, think tanks and research institutions, and the media.

ReliefWeb editors identify and select the content that is most relevant to global humanitarian workers.

Our content is delivered through various channels – the reliefweb.int website, social media networks and our new, cutting-edge mobile apps and API – so that humanitarian workers can access key content anywhere anytime.”

ReliefWeb has three main functions:

  1. Collect:We collect updates and analysis from more than 4,000 global information sources around the clock.
  2. Deliver: Our editors identify and deliver the content most relevant to ReliefWeb’s global audience. This content includes country and disaster reports, maps, info-graphics, job announcements and learning opportunities and events of interest to humanitarians.
  3. Enable: As part of our commitment to humanitarians worldwide, we develop new information products and services that enable humanitarian partners to analyze context and situations and make better decisions

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.”

INTENDED USER: The humanitarian community

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE INFORMATION PLATFORM

AUTHOR: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

LAST UPDATED: frequent periodic updates

TYPE OF TOOL: Knowledge platform

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), knowledge platform, risk reduction, restoration, shelter, water, impact assessment

FORMAT: Website

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK:

http://www.unocha.org (OCHA)

https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/ (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “Humanitarian Response is a specialized digital service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Humanitarian Response aims to be the central website for Information Management tools and services, enabling information exchange among operational responders during either a protracted or sudden onset emergency. This global site is complimented by country specific emergency sites that can be accessed through www.HumanitarianResponse.info.

At the global level, Humanitarian Response provides access to country sites and a “one-stop-shop” for global information coordination resources, such as normative products including guidance notes and policies, cluster specific information and data, toolboxes and internet links.

At the country level, Humanitarian Response is designed to provide a platform for sharing operational information between clusters and IASC members operating within a crisis. It provides a predictable set of core features that will be repeated on all sites and will host future tools for streamlining information collection sharing and visualization.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.”

INTENDED USER: The humanitarian community

GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF MILITARY AND CIVIL DEFENSE ASSETS IN DISASTER RELIEF (OSLO GUIDELINES)

AUTHOR: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

LAST UPDATED: November 2007

TYPE OF TOOL: Guidelines

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, humanitarian action, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), guidelines, restoration

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 38 pages

LANGUAGES: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish

WEB LINK:

http://www.unocha.org/theme/humanitarian-civil-military-coordination/publications (all languages)

http://www.unocha.org/sites/unocha/files/OSLO%20Guidelines%20Rev%201.1%20-%20Nov%2007_0.pdf (English PDF)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The aim of the present Guidelines on the Use of Military and Civil Defense Assets in Disaster Relief is to establish the basic framework for formalizing and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the use of foreign military and civil defense assets in international disaster relief operations.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.”

INTENDED USER: “These guidelines are primarily intended for use by UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing and operational partners, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators, UN MCDA commanders and commanders of other deployed forces performing missions in support of the UN humanitarian agencies and liaison officers coordinating UN humanitarian activities with foreign military forces. All humanitarian actors should also be familiar with the principles, concepts and procedures set out herein and encouraged to adhere to them, as appropriate.”

HUMANITARIAN ACTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT: ESSENTIAL GUIDELINES FOR HUMANITARIAN ACTORS

AUTHOR: Joint UNEP/OHCA Environment Unit

LAST UPDATED: 2007

TYPE OF TOOL: Guidelines

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, Joint UNEP/OHCA Environment Unit, UNEP, OCHA, guidelines, water, shelter, impact assessment, fuel and energy

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 8 pages

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINKhttp://postconflict.unep.ch/publications/IASC_leaflet.pdf (PDF)

ABOUT THE TOOL:

This document helps to explain how disasters and conflicts, as well as relief and recovery operations, may impact the environment in ways that threaten human life, health, livelihoods and security; how failure to address these risks can undermine the relief process, causing additional loss of life, displacement, aid dependency and increased vulnerability; and how disaster managers and humanitarian workers can take action to avoid this.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU), housed within OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch, helps Member States to prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies.

By pairing UNEP’s technical expertise with OCHA’s humanitarian response coordination structure, the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.

The JEU provides independent, impartial advice and practical solutions, while working with organizations dedicated to medium and long term rehabilitation to ensure a seamless transition from emergency response to recovery.”

INTENDED USER: Disaster managers and humanitarian workers

TRAINING ON ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES

AUTHOR: Joint UNEP/OHCA Environment Unit

LAST UPDATEDtrainings offered periodically

TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course

FORMAT: On-site training course

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, UNEP, OCHA, risk reduction, restoration, impact assessment

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK: http://www.eecentre.org/?page_id=2653

ABOUT THE TOOL:  “The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit organizes environmental-emergencies training for international responders, as well as training to strengthen the preparedness capacity of environmental experts from national agencies and the private sector for international emergency deployments. This strengthens the international response capacity for environmental emergencies and ensures an integrated effort in the field.

Through the Environmental Emergency Centre (EEC), which is hosted by the JEU, thematic trainings have been developed on various aspects of the preparedness-and-response stages of an environmental emergency. The online training modules are free of charge, and OCHA encourages anyone interested in the topic to test their knowledge and strengthen their capacity to prepare and respond.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU), housed within OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch, helps Member States to prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies.

By pairing UNEP’s technical expertise with OCHA’s humanitarian response coordination structure, the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.

The JEU provides independent, impartial advice and practical solutions, while working with organizations dedicated to medium and long term rehabilitation to ensure a seamless transition from emergency response to recovery.”

INTENDED USER: “The course requires that prospective candidates are suitably qualified within a specific environmental discipline (e.g., sampling, analysis, assessment) to be eligible to participate.”

FLASH ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT TOOL

AUTHOR: Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit

LAST UPDATED: 2009

TYPE OF TOOL: Handbook

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 78 pages

KEYWORDS: environmental management, Joint UNEP/OHCA Environment Unit, UNEP, OCHA, handbook, impact assessment

LANGUAGES: English

WEB LINK: https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/Documents/FEAT_Version_1.1.pdf (PDF)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The Flash Environmental Assessment Tool (FEAT) helps to identify existing or potential acute environmental impacts that pose risks for humans, human life-support functions and ecosystems, following sudden-onset natural disasters. FEAT focuses primarily on immediate and acute impacts arising from released hazardous chemicals. It can also help to identify potential long-term issues, for example those involving releases of persistent compounds. FEAT also provides information on physical impacts to the natural environment, such as soil erosion and salt water intrusion.

Based on this information, users can decide on initial risk management actions under disaster conditions. In particular, it helps users make timely and accurate requests for additional, specialized equipment or expertise to address impacts.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU), housed within OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch, helps Member States to prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies.

By pairing UNEP’s technical expertise with OCHA’s humanitarian response coordination structure, the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.

The JEU provides independent, impartial advice and practical solutions, while working with organizations dedicated to medium and long term rehabilitation to ensure a seamless transition from emergency response to recovery.”

INTENDED USER: Disaster response teams