Guidelines for Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disasters

The Guidelines for Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disasters (REA) provide a means to define and prioritize potential environmental impacts in disaster situations. The Guidelines are composed of four main parts and six supporting Annexes. The main parts include an Introduction to the REA, and modules on Organization and Community Level Assessments, as well as Consolidation and Analysis of assessment results. The Annexes include information sources, forms used in the assessment and information useful in managing the REA process. Good planning and preparation are important to a rapid execution of the REA. It is strongly recommended that the Guidelines Introduction be fully reviewed before an assessment. At a minimum the Organization Level Assessment and Consolidation and Analysis modules should be used in any disaster impact assessment, while completion of the Community Level Assessment is strongly recommended.