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, while also increasing environmental sustainability in line with commitments made within the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations.

About the Climate Change and Humanitarian Action Learning Stream

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 webinars, starting with an overview of the Charter. All the webinars are open to anyone interested in improving their understanding of the Climate Charter.

The Learning Stream provides an opportunity to:

  • 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);
  • 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);
  • work collaboratively to ensure a continuum of efforts to manage risks and to develop sustainable interventions (Commitment #5);
  • hear from different actors working on these issues on how to build synergies (Commitment #4 and #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);
  • learn how to develop targets and measure our progress with limited resources available (Commitment #7);
  • share lessons learned, best practices from different contexts, which can be replicated, with the wider humanitarian community (Commitment #5).

 

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Practical Tools and Initiatives for reducing Environmental Impact in Humanitarian Action...

Insight into tools being developed and initiatives put into place by organisations to reduce their environmental impact....
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Overview

As humanitarian actors are working towards reducing their environmental impact, it’s important to understand what tools are being developed and what initiatives are under way that can serve as a model for other organisations. Join ICVA and PHAP on 3 February for the next session of the Learning Stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action to learn more about how some of these may be useful in your work.

In our previous webinar, we gave an overview of how organisations can develop and implement environmental policies and strategies in line with Commitment 2 of the Climate Charter, and looked at challenges and opportunities, including some of the donor requirements and standards being put in place. Taking a starting point in these discussions, the next webinar will focus on practical tools and initiatives undertaken by organisations to reduce their environmental impact in humanitarian action.

This webinar will aim to share lessons learned and responses to some of the following questions:

  • How can we incorporate more environment-friendly practices into our programming?
  • What are some of the nature-based solutions/do no harm practices being used by organisations in their programming?
  • What are the tools for NGOs to measure their environment impact?

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The following are the speakers

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Carmen Garcia Duro
Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance Project Manager, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Jenny Archibald
Jenny Archibald
Global Logistics Adviser: Reducing Environment Impact, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Andrew Scanlon
Andrew Scanlon
The HALO Trust lead on Global Environment and Wildlife Conservation
Mohammad Al-Shushan
Mohammad Al-Shushan
Senior Recycling Officer, OXFAM

The following are the co-hosts

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Nishanie Jayamaha
Learning, Programme and Climate Change Coordinator, ICVA
Thomas Manisha
Manisha Thomas
Senior Policy Advisory, PHAP
Topic Two

Maximising the Environmental Sustainability of our Work ...

This topic focuses on the Commitment #2 of the Charter....
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Overview

In line with Commitment #2, and the principle of “do no harm,” we must work to maximise the environmental sustainability of our work. Organisations are looking into how to incorporate environment friendly programming and nature-based solutions in their humanitarian programming cycles. Furthermore, the commitment also indicates that organisations will measure and significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, in line with global goals. Supporting high-quality emission reduction projects to offset unavoidable emissions will complement reduction efforts, but will not be considered a substitute for such efforts. Further, organisations are looking at how they can responsibly manage and use natural resources, including water, and reduce and properly manage the waste generated in their premises and by their programmes.

On 24 November 2021, ICVA and PHAP held a webinar with an aim to share an overview and initial lessons learned on some of the following questions:

  • How can we incorporate more environment-friendly practices into our programming?
  • What are some of the nature-based solutions being used by organisations in their programming?
  • How can NGOs reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, manage and use responsibly natural resources?
  • What are some of the requirements and standards being put in place by donors? What support will be available from donors?

Please read here the Guidance on the Commitment #2 of the Charter.

Maximising the environmental sustainability of our work

Maximising the environmental sustainability of our work

The following are the speakers

Kathrine Vad
Kathrine Vad
Environment and Climate Change Adviser - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
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André Krummacher
Vice CEO Programmes, Impact and Accountability
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Karolina Kalinowska
Policy Officer, DG ECHO, European Commission – Lead on Environment and Humanitarian Aid

The following are the co-hosts

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Nishanie Jayamaha
Learning, Programme and Climate Change Coordinator, ICVA
Thomas Manisha
Manisha Thomas
Senior Policy Advisory, PHAP
Resources

E-learning resource
15 November 2021
Resources on maximising the environmental sustainability of our work
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Topic One

Adapting to the Impacts of the Climate and Environmental Crises ...

A discussion of the lessons learned in adapting to the impacts of the climate and environmental crises...
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Introduction

We are already witnessing how climate and environmental crises disproportionately impact communities in vulnerable contexts and situations. Regardless of what we do, these impacts will not disappear overnight.

Commitments #1 of the Charter 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, and anticipatory action to adapt our programs to better support and strengthen people’s resilience to current and future climate and environmental risks.

Many NGOs are already working to address climate change in and alongside vulnerable communities. To help organisations live up to their commitment, there are tools and resources available to guide NGOs in their work.

On 14 October 2021, ICVA and PHAP organised a webinar with an aim to share lessons learned and answer some of the below questions:

  • How can NGO programmes be fit for purpose, ensure that they are designed and implemented to address current impacts and help reduce future risks?
  • How can we scale-up climate-smart disaster risk reduction efforts and identify locally appropriate solutions to address them?
  • What are some of the tools and resources available in terms of CCA, DDR and anticipatory action?
  • What can we learn from local, traditional, and indigenous knowledge which can be replicated in other context?

Please find the link to Guidance on the Commitment #1 of the Charter. Read here  an Introduction to the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations.

Adapting to the Impacts of the Climate and Environmental Crises

This webinar recording shares three organisations’ work to adapt to the impacts of the climate and environmental crises as well as tools or resources that NGOs can use to help address this issue.

Podcast - Adapting to the impacts of the climate and environmental crises

The following are the speakers

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Azmat Khan
Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Rural Development (FRD) Pakistan
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Mihir Bhatt
Director, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI)
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Razibul Kader
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator COASTS project, ICCO (part of CORDAID), Bangladesh

The following are the co-hosts

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Nishanie Jayamaha
Learning, Programme and Climate Change Coordinator, ICVA
Thomas Manisha
Manisha Thomas
Senior Policy Advisory, PHAP
Resources

Resources on Adapting to the Impacts of the Climate and Environmental Crises
25 October 2021
Adapting to the Impacts of the Climate and Environmental Crises
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Introduction

The Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations...

An overview of the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations....
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The Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations

Introduction: The Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations

On 30 September, ICVA and PHAP launched their new learning stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action. This series focused 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 introduced the Charter, which serves as an important reference point for the rest of the learning stream. It covered 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?
Introduction to the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations

This webinar is an introduction to the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations. The Charter serves as an important reference point for the rest of the learning stream.

Podcast - Introduction to the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations

The following are the speakers

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

ICVA
25 October 2021
Reading Materials on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action
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ICVA
25 October 2021
ICVA 2021 Annual Conference Key Take - Aways
Subject/ Climate & environment /
Key take aways
ICVA
25 October 2021
ICVA 2021 Annual Conference - Links of Initiatives on early warning, resilience integration, nature based solutions, NEAT+ Tool, and carbon accounting
Subject/ Climate & environment / Annual Conference /
AC 2021 - Sessions & Speakers
Meeting materials
13 August 2021
ICVA 2021 Annual Conference Report
Subject/ ICVA / Environment /
AC2021 Report