Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream

The sixth online ICVA-PHAP learning Stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action provides a platform for the broader humanitarian community to better understand how we can reduce our impact of climate change by accelerating our own action and increase our environmental sustainability in-line with commitments of the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations.

This series will focus on practical ways of applying the Charter Commitments and sharing lessons learned on how the commitments can be translated into practice. The Learning Stream includes a series of five to six webinars, starting with an overview of the Charter on 30 September and the first webinar on 14 October 2021. 

The Learning Stream provides an opportunity to:

  1. have an overview of the resources and methods available to accelerate our own action to reduce our impact of climate change (Commitments #1, #2, #3 and #4);
  2. understand the challenges, the risks and opportunities from local actors and communities to ensure a meaningful and inclusive approach and how to address, from the very beginning, the impact of climate change in vulnerable communities with little resources available (Commitment #3);
  3. work collaboratively to ensure a continuum of efforts to manage risks and to develop sustainable interventions (Commitment #5);
  4. hear from different actors working on these issues on how to build synergies (Commitment #4 and #5);
  5. explore the avenues available for humanitarian actors to mobilise climate action and environmental protection in policy discussions at global, regional and country levels (Commitment #6);
  6. learn how to develop targets and measure our progress with limited resources available (Commitment #7);
  7. share lessons learned, best practices from different contexts, which can be replicated, with the wider humanitarian community (Commitment #5).

ICVA-PHAP Learning Streams are open to anyone interested in improving their understanding of the Climate Charter.

Check out our webpage to understand better how ICVA is engaged on the topic of Climate Change and Humanitarian Action.

 

Introduction: The Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations (30 September 2021) - RECORDING / PODCAST

ICVA and PHAP launched the new learning stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian ActionThis series will focus on practical ways of applying the recently launched Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations by sharing lessons learned on how the commitments can be translated into practice.
 
The Charter sends a clear signal that humanitarian organisations have a key role to play in addressing crises faced by communities due to the climate and environmental crises. We must be a part of the solution by helping people adapt to a changing climate and environment, while also increasing our own environmental sustainability. This needs to be a collective endeavour, as it is clear that no organisation can tackle this alone. The Charter intends to guide humanitarian action in the face of these crises and their humanitarian consequences.

Serving as the starting point for the ICVA and PHAP Learning Stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action, this webinar will help introduce the Charter, which will serve as an important reference point for the rest of the learning stream. It will cover the following questions:

  • Why the Charter is needed now?
  • What the commitments imply and the resources available?
  • How NGOs can sign the Charter and what their signature means?
  • What are the next steps to support organisations in implementing the Charter and to monitor progress?

Speakers

  • Amir Khouzam, Policy Advisor, Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 
  • Nishanie Jayamaha, Learning, Programme and Climate Change coordinator, ICVA

 

Topic 1: Adapting to the impacts of the climate and environmental crises  (14 October 2021)

Commitments #1 of the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations calls on us to “Step up our response to growing humanitarian needs and help people to adapt to impacts of the climate and environmental crises”. It focuses on how we use climate change adaptation (CCA) methods, disaster risk reduction (DDR) in our programming, anticipatory action to adapt our programs to better support and strengthen people’s resilience to current and future climate and environmental risks. This webinar will share lessons learned from NGOs working on the above focus. 

More information on the event webpage

 

Topic 2: Maximising the environmental sustainability of our work (24 November 2021)

The Commitment #2 of the Charter focuses on the principle of “do no harm and reiterates that ”we must work to maximise the environmental sustainability of our work and rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions". More and more, organisations are looking into how to incorporate environment friendly programming and nature-based solutions in our humanitarian programming cycles. This webinar will share lessons learned from NGOs and organisations on the steps they are taking to reduce their impact on the environment in humanitarian contexts.  More information will be available soon. 

 

Topic 3: Embracing the leadership of local actors and communities (Q1 2022)

The Commitment #3 of the Charter aims to embrace the leadership of local actors and communities by learning from traditional and indigenous knowledge on mitigation and adaptation measures, including nature-based solutions. This webinar will share lessons learned on working with communities and local actors. More information will be available soon. 

 

Topic 4: Climate financing for humanitarian action (Q1 2022). More information will be available soon. 

Topic 5: Use our influence to mobilise urgent climate action (Q1 2022). More information will be available soon. 

Topic 6: Loss and Damage (Q2). More information will be available soon. 

 

Resources:

  • You can find Reading Material on the topic of Climate Change and Humanitarian Action 
  • World Café Sessions - Recordings and Links of Initiatives on Early Warning, Resilience integration, Nature Based Solutions, NEAT+ Tool, Carbon accounting, Collaboration and more at ICVA's Annual Conference
  • ICVA Annual Conference on Climate, Environment and Humanitarian Action Sessions and Report

 

 

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