GREEN STAR AWARD WINNERS: WWF USA & AMERICAN RED CROSS

Awarded for their partnership on the Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit (GRRT).

Category: Mainstreaming

In the aftermath of the tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean in December 2004, the American Red Cross and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) formed an innovative five-year partnership to help survivors rebuild their communities as well as the natural environments on which they depend. By combining the humanitarian expertise of the American Red Cross with the environmental expertise of WWF, the partnership worked to ensure a long-lasting recovery by restoring livelihoods, protecting natural resources, and strengthening communities against future disasters.

The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF, works in 100 countries supported by close to 5 million members globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, to deliver innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Working with global Red Cross and Red Crescent partners, the American Red Cross helped 155 million people in 70 countries around the world in the last year.

The tremendous amount of learning between these organizations led to new ways of doing business and to the production of a toolkit: the Green Recovery and Reconstruction Training Toolkit for Humanitarian Aid (GRRT) that captured these innovative approaches.

The GRRT was developed with input by experts from CAREOxfamSave the ChildrenMercy CorpsRedRInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and United Nations Environment Programme among others. The GRRT consists of 10 training modules covering topics such as environmental assessments, shelter site selection, building materials, livelihood development and disaster risk reduction.

The toolkit has been shared with more than 500 individuals and organizations since its launch in 2010 and GRRT training has been applied to the 2010 Chile earthquake and tsunami, the 2010 Pakistan floods, and the 2011 Thailand floods.

WWF and the American Red Cross continue working to minimize environmental degradation and improve resiliency in their earthquake recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.