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05 Jun 2018 description

15 times EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM) provided environmental expertise to UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) since 2014.

• EUCPM prepares and responds to environmental disasters, including incidents that arise as secondary effects of a natural disaster.

• DG ECHO, operating through the EUCPM, is among JEU’s most important partners.

• DG ECHO's collaboration with the JEU has been constantly increasing during the past years, raising at a level of 50% of all JEU missions since 2016.

04 Nov 2016 description

Tsunamis are rare, powerful and unpredictable natural hazards, with devastating consequences for coastal populations caught in their path. The vast majority are caused by earthquakes in active seismic areas and occur along a limited range of inhabited shores around the world (Figure 1). In total, 16 major tsunamis killed 250,900 people in 21 countries between 1996 and 2015, according to EM-DAT records.

20 Aug 2015 description


Team/experts Deployment
6 EUCP teams
4 EUCP experts associated to UNEP/UNOCHA missions
In total 35 EUCP Experts, along with 7 ERCC LO

Modules Deployed
18 Modules to Nepal
(Mainly search and rescue, module camps, medical post, and water purification)

Eu Voluntary Pool Of Assets Mobilized And Deployed
1 FFFP module to Greece
1 Laboratory to Guinea
2 Ebola Medevac Assets

27 Jul 2015 description


Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.

The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.

08 Jun 2015 description


The Asia Pacific zone (APZ) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) comprises the zone office in Kuala Lumpur, four regional offices in Suva (Pacific), Bangkok (Southeast Asia), Delhi (South Asia) and Beijing (East Asia) and 12 country offices, adopting a “best-positioned” strategy to support the national societies (NSs) in the zone according to their needs. Through this decentralized management structure, the Asia Pacific zone office directs the work of the regional and country offices.

26 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

What's inside

  • Vanuatu – Are we communicating with cyclone affected communities?

  • Myanmar – Rakhine State community focus group discussions.

  • Philippines - Facebook goes free-of-charge with Smart Communications.

20 Feb 2015 description


Post-Crisis Environmental Assessment

Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery

Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding

Disaster Risk Reduction

The Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC)

14 Jan 2015 description

The situation A devastating fire broke out at a slum at Katasur of Mohammadpur area in Dhaka at around 08:15hr of 11 January 2015, reported two children dead1 and more than 500 shanties burnt. This is the second fire in the slum since 1998. The 1998’s fire reduced the slum to a smaller one. There are other similar recent fire incidents2,3,4 involving slums and/or commercial buildings in the country:

  • March 2014 in Dhaka with no casualties

  • September 2013 in Nandipara with 3 people injured

08 Jan 2015 description

On December 9, an oil tanker accident in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh led to the release of approximately 350,000 litres of heavy fuel oil into the river and mangrove ecosystem. The responsible shipping company estimated that 68,000 litres had been recovered, based on payment records to local communities. The response to the accident was led by the Forest Department of the Ministry of Environment and Forests with the help of local communities.

05 Jan 2015 description


Tropical Storm Jangmi formed in the east of Mindanao on 28 Dec, intensifying as it made landfall in Hinatuan municipality, Surigao del Sur province (Region XIII), on 29 Dec. The storm made a total of five landfalls and then weakened into a low pressure area as it passed south of Palawan and exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the early morning of 2 Jan. Jangmi affected about 486,900 people across seven regions (IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and XIII). The death toll stands at 54 with 40 injured and 7 missing.

04 Jan 2015 description

On its return to Dhaka after a six-day visit to the Sundabans, the UN-Bangladesh Mission shared its findings with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), and the media, on Thursday 31 December 2014.

While the experts termed the oil spill incident as ‘representing a serious wake-up call’, the team members thought it had also provided an excellent knowledge-sharing opportunity to strengthen national oil spill preparedness and response capacity moving forward.

23 Dec 2014 description
report Concern Worldwide

On December 9, 2014, an oil tanker collided with a cargo ship on the Shela River in the Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and federally protected mangrove forest in Bangladesh. The tanker was carrying over 94,500 gallons of furnace oil, half of which spilled into the river. The oil has spread over a stretch of more than 35 miles of rivers and canals in the Sundarbans.