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Mainstreaming Environment into Early Recovery: Disaster Waste - August 2015

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by Martin Bjerregaard, Technical Advisor to UNDP CIT

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This paper presents a proposed set of disaster waste management assessment tools that can be used for the categorization of disaster waste and a subsequent tool to determine disaster waste management options. The objective of the assessment and options tools is to support Early Recovery practitioners in understanding key environmental concepts relating to disaster waste management as well as provide potential solutions to disaster waste management as part of Early Recovery. Furthermore, robust disaster waste management programs will support the longer term building of increased resilience within the communities for improved Disaster Risk Reduction.

The paper is part of a suite of tools and guidance prepared for the UNDP Crisis Interface Team (Geneva) focused on mainstreaming environmental issues into Early Recovery. The two other papers concern debris management and rehabilitation of damaged industry with a focus on improving their environmental impact.