Monitoring and Evaluation
Environmental Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation
UNHCR is concerned about the impact that its operations have on the physical environment. Many interventions have been developed and put in place to help reduce such impacts and improve the quality of life for people living in and around camps and settlements for refugees and internally displaced people.
As financial resources for environmental management are limited, UNHCR tries to ensure that its interventions are appropriate, effective and cost-efficient. This calls for good management and up-to-date knowledge of the impact that its work is having on the ground.
UNHCR and its partners have gained much experience and knowledge in recent decades about environmental management in conflict situations. A key lesson learned was that there was a need for clearer and more systematic approaches to environmental assessments, monitoring and evaluation, as part of overall project and programme management.
To address this, UNHCR and CARE International in 2005 developed the Framework for Assessing, Monitoring and Evaluating the Environment in Refugee-related Operations, or FRAME. Planned and trialled with partners in many countries, FRAME has produced a series of tools and guidelines that help managers and field practitioners address environmental issues and concerns, from contingency planning to when camps are closed and rehabilitated.