6. CARE’s policy commitments

CARE recognises that disaster-environment linkages play a key role in the success of relief and recovery operations. As a signatory to the Sphere Minimum Standards, CARE has made a commitment to integrate environmental issues into relief activities.

CARE has also committed to develop and use tools to assist in addressing the environment in emergency response. For example, CARE is involved in developing environmental aspects of the UN cluster coordination structure-specifically in shelter, camp coordination, water and sanitation, and logistics.

CARE has been involved in the development of the Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disasters tool for USAID (Annex 35.7), and the Framework for Assessing, Monitoring and Evaluating the Environment in Refugee-related Operations tool kit for UNHCR (Annex 35.6).