Humanitarian efforts can have negative impacts on the environment, harming the people they are intended to help and undermining people's resilience. Local environmental degradation can increase the vulnerability of communities to disasters and the impacts of climate change and have other negative effects on affected communities (including on health and livelihoods).
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that IFRC Secretariat:
- expands its commitment to a “do no harm” approach to the protection of the environment;
- strives to fulfil its environmental obligations; establishes and meets its environmental goals and objectives;
- and commits to continual improvement of its environmental performance.
It may also be useful as a reference for National Societies in their environmental policy development.