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The complex nature of humanitarian operations, as well as the urgency of providing basic assistance such as food, shelter, and water to affected people, often results in a lack of consideration of natural resources and environmental issues, which can result in environmental degradation and resource depletion. The effectiveness of humanitarian action and recovery depends fundamentally on the quality and availability of natural resources. A proactive approach in assessing these risks is essential, as it facilitates the identification of opportunities for the effective implementation of humanitarian actions and minimizes environmental impacts. The IECAH has integrated considerations of the environment and natural resources in the conception of humanitarian action and peacebuilding, making the environment a key thematic axis through the different work areas.

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