Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disasters Workshop

Submitted by Jennyk on December 10, 2007 - 6:37pm.

CARE, Benfield Hazard Research Center, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Peacebuilding & Development Institute Present

Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disasters

Date: January 11th-12th, 2008
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: SIS Building Rm 15, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016

What is rapid environmental impact assessment (REA) in disasters?
REA is a methodology to quickly determine if a disaster or the subsequent relief operation poses threats to the environment. With an awareness of such environmental threats, humanitarian aid workers will be better able to avoid environmental damage and incorporate best practices for disaster response that anticipates opportunities to protect the environment.

Who undertakes a REA?
Primary REA users are the people directly involved in disaster response operations, with a basic knowledge of the disaster management process but no background in environmental issues. Environmental experts are not required to complete the REA. It can be used by disaster victims and non-affected communities with appropriate support.

What will you learn at the workshop?
The purpose of the workshop is for participants to learn and apply the REA Guidelines. Participants will explore the context of disasters and learn why the environment can not be overlooked as one of the many post-disaster concerns – one that can be readily understood and accommodated. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to practice using the REA in a simulated disaster scenario.

Registration Information
Registration forms are available online:

$380 includes a CD with key documents and background information, lunch, and refreshments for both days.

Who should take this course?
- Disaster preparedness and response planning NGO employees
- Government staff and community officials involved in disaster management activities
- Environmental specialists interested in environmental impact assessment in disasters

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Questions? Contact PDI:
Saji Prelis or Jennifer Kurtinitis at: humanitarian@american.edu 202.885.2112