ECOWAS Beyond Response pilot training, Nigeria, November 2012
Three critical factors contributed to the pilot’s success: the participant selection, the instructional design and the facilitators. The designer responsible for the evaluation activities gathered feedback from participants and facilitators, which led to recommendations that will improve presentations of this programme.
ASEAN workshop on Environmental Emergencies, September 2012
For the first time, the workshop brought together representatives of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Environment and the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. OCHA sponsored the participation of five regional organizations: African Union, Centro de Coordinacion para la Prevencion de los Desastres Naturales en America Central, League of Arab States, Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the Central Asia Regional Environment Centre.
The outcomes included a two-year workplan to strengthen national and regional capacities in environmental emergency response; enhanced national-level coordination between disaster management and environment authorities; and a major role in prevention and preparedness for the Environmental Emergency Centre.
EET, Italy, June 2012
This training was held by the JEU and the Italian Civil Protection National Service. The aim was to update and familiarize active United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) members and civil-protection experts with the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool and the Disaster Waste Management (DWM) Guidelines as part of an UNDAC deployment. Participants learned first-hand about the immediate response activities to the capsized Costa Concordia, including the environmental emergency response components, e.g. fuel removal and hazardous materials.
The JEU, in cooperation with OCHA’s Field Coordination Support Services, conducted the first Environmental Emergencies Training (EET) for UNDAC members. The Italian Civil Protection National Service was congratulated for its generosity in hosting the training.
Environmental Emergency Training 4 in Spiez, Switzerland, April 2012
The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU) held the Fourth Environmental Emergency Response Training in Spiez, Switzerland from 16-20 April, 2012. The training was co-hosted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation/Humanitarian Aid (SDC) and the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB) with private sector participation by Veolia Environment Foundation.
The trainings comprised a series of classroom sessions taught by experts, as well as an all-day field simulation exercise, which provided a demonstrative environment to what is faced by environmental emergency responders before, during and after their deployment. These trainings familiarize environmental responders with key international environmental response tools and resources such as: