WASTE MANAGEMENT AND MEASURING, REVERSE LOGISTICS, ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT AND TRANSPORT, AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The WREC Project seeks to reduce the adverse environmental consequences of humanitarian logistics through awareness, practical guidance, and real-time environmental expertise. The project is coordinated by the Global Logistics Cluster and supported by a coalition of humanitarian organizations - the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Save the Children International and the World Food Programme of the United Nations - with input from all Logistics Cluster partners, other humanitarian clusters, the private sector and academic partners. The Project pursues the following goals:
- The humanitarian logistics community is aware of the sector’s environmental impact and adopts a coordinated, scalable and sustainable approach to measure and reduce that impact.
- Humanitarian logistics practitioners are supported to reduce their environmental impacts from waste and transport, not only while their operations are underway but also before they have begun and after they have ended.
2023 Upcoming Key Events
- 8-12 October, Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW 2023), Riyadh, hosted by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- 17 October WREC Global Information session on Waste Management (virtual)
- 25 - 26 October, AidEX Geneva. Main stage WREC session: Shaping climate action in forgotten crisis - Humanitarian supply chain policy to practice, October 26, 3.30 - 4.30 PM CET
- 21 - 22 November, Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference (HLA) 2023, Nairobi
- 30 November - 12 December 2023, COP28 UN Climate Change Conference - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Visit this page to find case studies, guidance and tools on how to decarbonize humanitarian supply chains' operations.
RESOURCES: WASTE MANAGEMENT
Visit this page to find case studies, guidance and tools on waste management and recycling across the humanitarian sector.
RESOURCES: SUSTAINABLE HUMANITARIAN SUPPLY CHAINS
Visit this page to find general case studies, guidance and tools on environmental sustainability in humanitarian supply chains.
Did you miss a WREC presentation? Access the WREC events' video recordings here!
Stories and lessons learned
Learn more about the WREC partners' success stories and lessons learned on environmental sustainability in supply chains.
Visit this page to find case studies, guidance and tools on green procurement and sustainable procurement.
Resources: Circular Economy
WREC Translated documents
Some of the WREC resources are available in Arabic, French and Spanish. Access them here.
Waste management and recycling assessments
The map displays the waste management and recycling plants by country identified by humanitarian partners in an effort to support with more informed waste management decisions by the humanitarian community. To add mapping and information on your country to the map or to ask questions regarding the information provided, please reach out to the WREC team: Global.WREC@wfp.org
The challenges of waste management and pollution prevention are cross cutting. No single actor can solve them alone. We need collaboration and information from partners across the humanitarian space to share best practices, unique challenges, test cases, and initiatives to be able to make the biggest impact on our collective world.
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