Field-based assessments of the environmental impacts of crises on human health, livelihoods and security form the core of UNEP’s conflict and disaster management operations. Through its Joint Environment Unit with the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, UNEP mobilizes and coordinates the international emergency response and identification of acute environmental risks caused by conflicts, disasters and industrial accidents.
Upon request from national governments, UNEP is available to conduct detailed post-crisis environmental assessments based on in-depth fieldwork, laboratory analysis and state-of-the-art technology. These assessments identify major environmental risks to health, livelihoods and security and provide recommendations to national authorities on how to address them. Since 1999, UNEP has conducted post-crisis environmental assessments in the Balkans, Afghanistan, the occupied Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Sudan, Ukraine, Nigeria and DR Congo, as well as the countries affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and other major disasters. Please see UNEP’s environmental assessments for more information.