|Environmental Impact of Sudden Population Displacements - Expert Consultation on Priority Policy Issues and Humanitarian Aid (European Commission Humanitarian Office, 1995, 28 p.)|
|6. AN APPEAL FOR URGENT POLICY ATTENTION|
|6.3. Urgent policy concerns|
- Energy needs should be given the same status and priority as other basic needs such as food, water, health and shelter;
- Relevant agencies should have responsibility that fuel needs are met with minimum negative impact on the environment; take measures to reduce need for fuel and manage demand. Possible measures include less energy-demanding foods, milling and preparation, training and store distribution; ensure supplies of blankets and clothes to reduce need for fuel for heating;
- Where appropriate, relevant agencies should evaluate if they are the best organisations to collect, transport and distribute fuel;
- The emergency team should propose early how fuel needs will be met through the optimum mix of local and other sources;
- Where appropriate, the agencies should engage in replacement planting of vegetation in collaboration with local populations.