Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA) Stakeholder Workshop

August 29, 2017 — August 30, 2017   |   Geneva, Switzerland

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Organized by UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the workshop will bring together a group of key stakeholders to discuss the outputs of a recent consultancy to scope options for content, approach, and structure to environment assessment methodologies, with a particular focus on the Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA). Emphasis will also be placed on links to other post-disaster/conflict environmental assessment methodologies including UNHCR’s Framework for Assessing, Monitoring and Evaluating the environment (FRAME) toolkit and the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Environmental Assessment tool (NEAT). Options for updates and enhancements will be discussed, which will reflect recent sectoral developments and thinking including the impact of climate change on resilience and ultimately support the use, integration and uptake of the REA and other environmental assessment tools and outputs in humanitarian programme planning and implementation.

The project team will present workshop stakeholders with options for updating both the content and structure of the REA. Additionally, recommendations for harmonizing the tool within broader humanitarian response and recovery assessment settings will be put forward. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to influence the direction of the work to ensure relevance, before the updating process begins.

 

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