Printer-friendly version
Geneva Green Guide

UN Environment Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch

UN Environment PCDMB
UN Environment Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch
International Environment House
11-13 chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)
Tel: 
(+41 22) 917 87 93
Fax: 
(+41 22) 917 80 64
Contact: 

Sophie Brown sophie.brown@un.org

Description

From Kosovo to Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan, China and Haiti, the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch has responded to crisis situations in more than forty countries since 1999, delivering high-quality environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family. As the international community has shifted its focus from post-crisis intervention to crisis prevention, the branch has expanded its operational range, adding disaster risk reduction and environmental cooperation for peacebuilding to its core services of post-crisis environmental assessment and recovery. The Branch is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with project offices in Afghanistan, Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan.

 

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
2001
Chief/Director: 
Head of Office: Henrik Slotte
Activities: 

UN Environment’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch delivers the following four core services to Member States:

  •  Post-crisis environmental assessments: In the aftermath of a crisis, UN Environment provides rapid environmental assistance to affected countries. Such assistance often includes field-based assessments of the environmental impacts of crises on human health, livelihoods and security. Assessments use based on state-of-the-art technology, fieldwork techniques, and laboratory analysis. Each assessment is conducted on an equally neutral, impartial and scientific basis and adopts a tailor-made approach to the situation’s particular geographical, political and security conditions.
  •  Post-crisis environmental recovery: Following an assessment, UN Environment is available to help national governments address identified environmental needs and priorities. Post-crisis environmental recovery programmes, which can last for several years, aim to strengthen the capacity of national and local environmental authorities, rehabilitate ecosystems, mitigate risks and ensure that resources are used sustainably within recovery and development processes. Where it is necessary and requested, UN Environment can establish project offices in-country to ensure a continuous presence on the ground.
  •  Environmental cooperation for peacebuilding: Capitalizing on the shared need to manage natural resources for livelihoods, environmental cooperation can transform conflict over resources into opportunities for peace. UN Environment supports domestic, regional and international peace consolidation efforts by providing expertise on the conflict risks and peacebuilding opportunities associated with natural resources and the environment. The programme collects latest knowledge and good practices, identifies policy options, conducts training, and catalyses pilot projects at the field level. Moreover, UN Environment seeks to integrate environment and natural resources issues into the peacebuilding policies and strategies of partners and other members of the UN family.
  •  Disaster risk reduction: Healthy ecosystems are the first line of defence against a changing climate. Ecosystem services can mitigate hazard impacts and strengthen people's resilience to disasters and climate extremes because ecosystems support livelihoods and protect food and water security. Guided by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Environment enables vulnerable countries and communities to promote, catalyze and implement sustainable ecosystem management for disaster risk reduction and resilience. With its solid technical expertise and direct field experience, UN Environment works with policymakers, planners, academia, private sector and civil society to mainstream and scale-up ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) in development and investment strategies.
Cooperation: 

The Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch builds on work conducted by the Joint Environment Unit, a collaboration with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The Joint Unit assesses acute environmental risks in the days following an emergency. The branch also collaborates with numerous international and national stakeholders, including major NGOs, UN agencies, scientific laboratories and research institutions. The branch hosts the secretariat of the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), bringing together 24 different member organisations (see pedrr.org).

 

Publications: 

Publications by the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management branch are available at unep.org/disastersandconflicts. Enquiries regarding specific publications can be directed to sophie.brown@un.org or postconflict@un.org.

 

Keywords: 
protected areas
disasters
war & conflict
reconstruction
biosafety
chemicals
hazardous waste
waste