WREC Project



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

  • 14-15 June 2023, AidEX Nairobi
  • 25-26 October 2023, AidEX Geneva
  • September 2023, WREC Information Session on Reverse Logistics
  • 4-8 September, Africa Climate Week (ACW 2023) hosted by the government of Kenya, this event will be organised in parallel with the Africa Climate Summit (4-6 September), also hosted by Kenya
  • 8-12 October, Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW 2023), Riyadh, hosted by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 30 November - 12 December 2023, COP28 UN Climate Change Conference - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Latest Updates
Situation Update
The WREC project would like to invite you to the first WREC Global Information session on Reverse Logistics scheduled for September 27th, 10 – 11.30 CEST.  Participants will head into breakout sessions where we will engage colleagues from across the humanitarian logistics sector to share experiences, or lack thereof, on reverse logistics in the field. To register, write to: global.WREC@wfp.org 

Resources: Decarbonization

Visit this page to find case studies, guidance and tools on how to decarbonize humanitarian supply chains' operations.


Visit this page to find case studies, guidance and tools on waste management and recycling across the humanitarian sector.


Visit this page to find general case studies, guidance and tools on environmental sustainability in humanitarian supply chains.

WREC Videos

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.

Resources: procurement

Visit this page to find case studies, guidance and tools on green procurement and sustainable procurement.

Resources: Circular Economy

Waste management and recycling assessments

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

Contact the WREC

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.

Have you engaged in a local initiative on sustainability you’d like to share or need environmental support from the WREC?

Contact us

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