Environment and Humanitarian Assistance

This key sheet is part of a series of awareness raising tools developed by Irish Aid to accompany its Environment Policy for Sustainable Development. Key strategies for implementing the policy are:

i) mainstreaming, where the environment is recognised as a critical part of sustainable development and is taken into account in all policies, programmes, activities and funding decisions; and

ii) partnership, where Irish Aid works with national governments, multilateral organisations, international agencies and civil society organisations to contribute to sustainable development.

The first step in environment mainstreaming is to understand how the environment is linked to the development challenge or sector YOU are responsible for. Aid agencies often need to react to humanitarian crises as quickly as possible, leaving limited opportunity to address sustainable development needs, or to view the situation and its impacts from a broader perspective. In this key sheet, we explain why it is critical that the environment should be considered as part of humanitarian response, and suggest sources of additional information. More detailed guidelines on mainstreaming environment into humanitarian assistance will be produced at a later date.