Since the official 2012 launch of the Green Recovery and Reconstruction: Training Toolkit for Humanitarian Aid (GRRT), over 500 organizations and individuals have registered through the GRRT online database. We recently conducted an online assessment of the GRRT, engaging community members and users, to learn about GRRT application and training and to gather information and feedback on successes and challenges. This process is critical to our efforts to continually learn and update the GRRT based on our user experiences.
Survey respondents generally regarded the Toolkit as practical and comprehensive, found it to be clear and well-structured, and admired the diverse coverage and comprehensive treatment of multiple subjects. Users offered a variety of thoughtful and valuable suggestions for improvement, including the proposal that we update the GRRT with additional modules, offer a Spanish language version, consider a more accessible open access format, and include more localized and regionally specific case studies. The survey respondents represented a broad variety of sectors including non-governmental organizations, academia, and U.S. and foreign governmental organizations, while largely defining their use of the GRRT as a personal reference tool rather than a tool for conducting training.
For those respondents who implemented GRRT strategies, several key challenges were faced, including limited technical resources, funding, organizational support, and buy-in from senior institutional leadership. Several respondents noted that the limitations in implementation were not a reflection of the Toolkit content but of a larger challenge within the humanitarian sector in mainstreaming a green recovery approach. Users cited a lack of demand for environmental protection work within the humanitarian leadership, a general failure to recognize the critical importance of the environment in the recovery process, and the challenge of finding appropriately trained and skilled personnel. We hope to investigate and address these specific challenges through several key-informant interviews and in depth case studies analyzing both challenges and opportunities related to implementing the GRRT approach.
In moving forward, we hope to continue this rich and informative dialogue between GRRT community members and we both welcome and encourage individuals to share with us their experiences of the Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit.
Mr. Rizwan Mahmood, Disaster Response Environmental Partnership Specialist will be leading WWF Pakistan efforts to provide technical support and advisory services to incorporate environmental sustainability principles into disaster response, reconstruction and risk reduction practices.
Mr. Mahmood will liaise with Pakistan emergency shelter cluster lead agencies, humanitarian agencies, donors and the National Disaster Management Authority. He is available to collaborate with working groups and will manage WWF humanitarian partnerships and Green Recovery and Reconstruction (GRRT) trainings in Pakistan.
Rizwan holds a master degree in Environmental Studies from The University of Melbourne, Australia and a Master of Science degree in Geography from University of The Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. He has experience conducting Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, Environmental Monitoring & Auditing, Environmental Policy-making and preparation of Environmental Management Plans and Resettlement Action Plans. In addition, he is a trained Environmental Advisor for United Nations Emergency Shelter Cluster, and a qualified ISO 14001 EMS Lead Auditor.
Rizwan Mahmood, Disaster Response Environmental Partnership Specialist – WWF Pakistan
Contact No. +92 300 9425080
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (official)
We’ve been thrilled with the incredible volume of responses we’ve had from people wishing to receive the GRRT on CD. We have been busy distributing the electronic manuals, and we now have GRRT users around the globe, from the U.S. to Ecuador and Indonesia to Scotland.
As you use the toolkit, please remember to send us your feedback. We want to hear about how the GRRT is being used and about the green recovery and reconstruction methods you’re employing in current projects. Email us anytime at email@example.com.
In addition, if you would like to receive an electronic copy of the GRRT on a CD, please register on this website and include your mailing address. If you have already registered but have not included your address, please email it to us and we’ll happily send you the GRRT CD.
Thank you for your support; we’re looking forward to distributing even more copies of the GRRT and to reading about your user experiences!
On November 19, 2010, the Green Recovery and Reconstruction Training Toolkit was launched at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Panel speakers from U.S. government, academic, and NGO institutions discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the integration of environmental and humanitarian approaches to building back safer and sustainably.
Panel speakers included:
- Roger Lowe, Senior Vice President of Communications, American Red Cross
- Marcia Marsh, Chief Operating Officer, World Wildlife Fund
- Erika Clesceri, Bureau Environmental Officer, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development
- Robert Laprade, Senior Director for Emergencies and Humanitarian Assistance, CARE
- Peter Walker, Director of the Feinstein International Center, Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security, Tufts University
To download a copy of the Green Recovery and Reconstruction Training Toolkit or order a CD, please login and visit the Download page. If you do not have a log-in, please register and become a member of the GRRT community. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Anita van Breda at email@example.com.