UNEP Finds Environmental Hazards in Quake Aftermath

The United Nations Environment Program conducted rapid assessments on Haiti starting Jan. 13 and found at least seven major environmental issues that need to be addressed in short- and long-term reconstruction plans for the earthquake-ravaged country. These include the amount of medical waste generated by current operations, disposal of rubble and demolition materials, potential spills of hazardous chemicals, landslides and geological risks for rebuilt camps. UNEP further warned about the environmental implications of massive population displacements. There is also a need to provide green food sources and environment-related cash for work schemes, the agency added.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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