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


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,




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


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



“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



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


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


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