Implementing Environmental Impact Assessment

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It is increasingly vital for humanitarian practitioners to have an understanding of environmental impact assessment (EIA) approaches.  In this course, you gain a knowledge of global EIA approaches and regulations and learn the principles and practical steps of EIAs. You will become aware of the constraints of full EIAs in a humanitarian context and learn to confidently implement simplified humanitarian EIAs and environmental screening in their own project designs and implementation. The training will be delivered as a combination of interactive lectures and scenario-based practical activities. In the practical activities, small groups will work in virtual breakout rooms and then come together for moderated large-group discussions.

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You will learn

what the EIA and ESIA approaches are and how to apply them to infrastructure projects in regular contexts.

how Environmental Screening methods work for conducting simplified EIAs in humanitarian contexts.

how to use pre-set standards and guidelines to make changes and improvements to project designs.

what the various strengths and weaknesses of Environmental Screening, standards and guidelines are.

how to apply EIA approach in your own work to improve environmental sustainability.

Target group

Staff of humanitarian NGOs with several years of professional experience.


13:00 - 13:30

Welcome and Introduction

13:30 - 15:15

EIAs Around the World

15:15 - 17:30

Using EIA Approach in Humanitarian Settings

17:30 - 18:00

Review of the Day and Preparation for Day Two

Andrea Dekrout


Andrea Dekrout is an environmentalist with 15 years of experience in development and humanitarian settings. She worked as UNHCR’s Environmental Coordinator for 5 years. During that time she provided hands-on field assistance and support to improve the environmental sustainability of UNHCR operations globally. She is currently living and working in Nairobi, Kenya with the United Nations Environment Programme.

Gavin Reynolds


Gavin currently works for the Freshwater Ecosystems Unit at the United Nations Environment Program. His work at UNEP involves developing community-based initiatives such as the Adopt a River for Sustainable Development partnership of UNEP and Rotary. Prior to working at UNEP Gavin was an Environmental, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene advisor for Swedish Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Previously he worked with the Autonomous Bougainville Government in Papua New Guinea and Cheetah Conservation Botswana.  Gavin completed his Master of Science and worked at the University of Waikato in his home country of New Zealand before being employed by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation. Having worked in the Humanitarian, Development and Environment spheres he has developed a keen interest in the intersection of human development and environmental conservation with a focus on communities and community led initiatives.

Caroline Gardestedt


After 15 years of international humanitarian work in various countries around the world, Caroline Gardestedt is currently working as an Environmental Advisor in the security sector for the European Union in Georgia. With field experiences from Africa, Asia, Middle East, and the Caribbean, Caroline has worked in conflict settings, with humanitarian emergency response and long-term community resilience projects. She specializes in climate security, WASH (water supply, sanitation, and hygiene education), and the integration of environmental considerations in humanitarian action. Since 2017, she has been working to help organizations improve the integration of environmental considerations and to measure and optimize their environmental performance. Caroline was leading the Red Cross Movement “Green Response” group from 2017-2021 with the aim of getting different parts of the Red Cross Movement to work together to improve environmental management in Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian operations. Since 2021, Caroline is supporting the European Union in developing guidelines and ways of working to improve the integration of environmental considerations in the security sector. She has a strong commitment to share her knowledge and learn from others, which she enjoys doing through the organization and facilitation of workshops and awareness raising events. Caroline has led trainings, meetings, and workshops for various stakeholders, from international forums in Europe to local meetings in rural areas in developing countries. She is a Swedish citizen and holds a master’s degree in engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, which includes courses in environmental science from the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

19.9.2023 - 20.9.2023

10 hours of training

Online Event

ProviderThis training is organized by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict.

This training is supported by funding from the German Federal Foreign Office.