Commitment #2, of the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organsations, in line with the principle of “Do No Harm,” calls on us to “avoid, minimize and manage the damage we cause to the environment and the climate, while maintaining our ability to provide timely and principled humanitarian assistance”. More and more, organisations are looking into how to implement sound environmental policies and start systematically assessing the immediate and long-term environmental impact of our work in the humanitarian sector. This entails that we systematically evaluate, avoid and mitigate the negative environmental impacts of our programs as much as possible, and use our influence to push for more environmentally sustainable humanitarian action, notably when it comes to supply chains and logistics.
This webinar will aim to share an overview and initial lessons learned on some of the following questions: • How can organisations develop and implement more environment friendly policies? • What are the challenges and opportunities to do so? • How can NGOs reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and responsibly use and help manage natural resources? What are some of the challenges in undertaking such a shift in our work? • What are some of the requirements and standards being put in place by donors? What support will be available from donors?
You can find an Introduction to the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations here.
This webinar is part of a series of ICVA-PHAP's Learning Streams on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action.
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- Kathrine Vad, Environment and Climate Change Adviser - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- André Krummacher, Vice CEO Programmes, Impact and Accountability, ACTED
- Karolina Kalinowska, Policy Officer, Lead on Environment and Humanitarian Aid, DG ECHO, European Commission
- Manisha Thomas, Senior Policy Advisory, PHAP
- Nishanie Jayamaha, Learning, Program and Climate Change Coordinator, ICVA
- Guidance on the Commitment #2 of the Climate and Environment Charter
- EU Compendium of good practices for a greener humanitarian response, EU civil protection and humanitarian aid Policy Guidelines (En, Fr and Sp)
- EU learning course on Greening Humanitarian Aid - for EU Partners
- EU learning course on Greening Humanitarian Aid - for Non-EU Partners (Public version)
- The New Humanitarian "What's the aid sector's carbon footprint?"
- Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) "Renewable Energy and Planetary Health" MSF Innovation Newsletter September 2021
- ADRA's Carbon Reduction Guide (2021 Edition)
- SPHERE Thematic Sheet on the Environment (2019)
- The SPHERE Handbook (2018)
- DAC Guidelines and Reference Series, Applying Strategic Environmental Assessment: Good practice guidance for development co-operation, 2006