Improving humanitarian outcomes by mapping and managing environmental risks
Abstract of the event:
"Everything happens somewhere", as the saying goes. All environmental problems have a spatial dimension but humanitarian operations often suffer from a lack of understanding of the spatial context in which they are operating. Proximity to natural resources and environmentally sensitive areas, for example, are vital to comprehend in order to comply with the principle of "do no harm". But we cannot manage what we cannot measure.
The Nexus Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT+) is a rapid and simple project-level environmental screening tool for humanitarian actors. With the integration of MapX – a user-friendly geospatial platform – into the NEAT+ process, assessments can be facilitated and improved, and results can be visualized and shared in an interactive manner, leading to better decision-making. One simple mobile application and toolkit offers an integrated solution with real-time guidance, risk/hotspot flagging and easy spatial monitoring – leading to better decision-making. The integration of these two tools solves key problems, including lack of time, lack of standardization, data fragmentation and quality concerns, and the need for a secure workspace. The app can also act as a platform for local engagement.
The ongoing 4th Industrial Revolution is a huge opportunity to leverage environmental information in humanitarian settings. We need to walk the talk on green technology and the SDGs. Drawing from the experience of field-testing in Zambia, this event will showcase the integration of NEAT+ and MapX and give the opportunity for user consultation and feedback. Come learn about these tools, shape the design of their integrated application and help make sure it meets your needs!