|Following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, UNEP undertook post-tsunami environmental assessments in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Seychelles and the Maldives, ecosystem rehabilitation in Indonesia and “building back better” through a programme of environment and reconstruction in Aceh. Some of this work is reflected in assessment report, “After the tsunami: Rapid Environmental Assessment”, produced by the UNEP Asian Tsunami Task Force in close partnership with national environmental authorities in affected countries.
Following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China, UNEP supported the integration of environment and “green issues” in the reconstruction phase and played a central role in coordinating and providing technical support in domestic, industrial and hazardous waste management. UNEP also facilitated training workshops on post-disaster environmental management for Chinese civil servants, environmental experts, government representatives and international organizations based in Beijing.
UNEP supports UN country teams and responses to natural disasters like the typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines, the Sumatra earthquake in Indonesia and the tsunami in Samoa. In Samoa, UNEP played an important role in the environmental needs assessment following the tsunami.