UN Environment is available to assist national governments to address environmental priorities through recovery programmes that are tailored to country-specific needs, following a post-crisis environmental assessment.
From helping local and national authorities develop effective laws, policies and institutions, to providing training and equipment, UN Environment seeks to help countries to manage their natural resources in a more effective and sustainable manner and use them for sustainable long-term recovery after a disaster or conflict. UN Environment can also coordinate clean-up efforts or catalyse community-based ecosystem restoration and sustainable reconstruction projects in sites damaged by or vulnerable to conflicts and disasters.
Where it is necessary and requested, UN Environment can establish project offices in country to coordinate environmental work, as is currently the case in Haiti.
Haiti long-term recovery:
UN Environment has participated in a number of post-disaster needs assessments following different disaster events in Haiti, to support the humanitarian community and the government develop recovery strategies and mobilise funding.
The organisation had set up an office in Haiti two years before the 2010 earthquake in response to a previous disaster. It was an active participant in the development of the post-disaster needs assessment which orientated funding appeals and the subsequent work of the international community. Read document.
As a part of the longer term environmental recovery of Haiti, UN Environment worked to promote the use of latrines generating biogas as an alternative energy source. Due to lack of sanitation options, open defecation was the norm in Haiti and charcoal was the most common source of cooking fuel. This results in significant pollution and deforestation.
The deforestation in turn increases the risk of landslides. The pilot project resulted in the development of a national biogas strategy. Over the longer term, sustainable alternative energy sources have become a central part of UN Environment's contribution to Haiti's recovery, in order to reduce deforestation and the health risks associated with burning wood fuels.