Anna Maria Liwak

Anna Maria Liwak

Sustainable Development Specialist at the International Committee of the Red Cross. Course facilitator.

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  • Congratulations! You've completed the course. Thank you for joining us and sharing your thoughts and ideas! It was our pleasure to have you during these four weeks. Don't hesitate to leave your feedback. We wish you the very best in your sustainability journey!

  • Welcome to the final week of this course. Thank you for continuing with us on this journey!

  • @EstherMumbi Thank you very much for your feedback!

  • @TaraWilkinson LCA is a methodology for assessing environmental impacts associated with all the stages of the life-cycle of a product. The social impact should be assessed in parallel using different tools and methods. For example, the ICRC has developed a Quality, Social and Environment assessment approach to evaluate its suppliers. We will learn more about...

  • How is climate change affecting your sector/organisation? Please share in the comments section below.

  • How do you reduce and manage waste at work and in your daily life? Please share your best practices in the comment section below.

  • @MuaniTonsing Thanks for sharing! Indeed, we were able to only touch upon some of the concepts we covered this week. But, I'm happy that it inspired you to learn more. I'm sure that the more you explore, the more clear it will become how to apply these concepts to your work or even daily life.

  • @KarinaKlufterud Indeed, it's a process of continuous improvement. Procurement strategies might have to be adjusted as we learn new things. I think that smaller NGOs could benefit from cooperating with bigger organisations that have similar activities and which have already tested the best environmental solutions.

  • @MuaniTonsing It is true that LCA assessment is usually carried out by experts. However, there are many LCA reports for different products available on the internet. Reading such reports is a great starting point for analysing the impact of a particular item/activity. And as you pointed out, the value of the LCA is that it makes us proactively think about the...

  • @MuaniTonsing That's a great goal you have set for yourself! I hope this course will help you achieve it.

  • @AlshemaMousa Great work! It's interesting to read about the risks you were able to identify.

  • Great work! Looking forward to more contributions! Also, don't hesitate to engage in conversation with fellow learners.

  • @AlshemaMousa Such a timely example! Have you been able to find any LCA assessments comparing disposable and reusable mask? If yes, please feel free to share a link to the study.

  • Impressive!

  • Thank you!

  • Happy to read that!

  • It's great to read the examples from your organisations/companies. Please continue sharing and discussing!

  • @AleksandarEgic Yes, this is also how this kind of activities are funded at the ICRC.

  • @JúlioUbisse Good questions. Each action plan has its timeframe independent of how long a conflict lasts. It's about reducing the environmental impact of the organisation's activities and assistance programmes by setting goals and deadlines for achieving them. Of course, conflict contexts are unpredictable, and challenges might arise. In such cases, the action...

  • Thank you for being so active! Together, you created a comprehensive list of benefits and challenges of incorporating sustainable development into humanitarian organizations. Looking forward to reading more ideas!

  • Dear all, thank you for all the good words! It's nice to meet you too. We really enjoy reading your feedback. Have a great learning journey!

  • Welcome to week 3! We hope you are enjoying your learning journey! If you have any questions about the course don't hesitate to ask in the comment section below.

  • Have you heard about the LCA before?

  • @ZoeKaehler I'm happy to read that the course is helpful! Are you planning to assess the environmental impact of digitalisation in your organisation? From the life cycle assessment perspective (which we discuss in week 2), the environmental impact of switching from paper to digital might be actually higher. I encourage you to take this into account when...

  • @MuaniTonsing I'm happy that you learned something new thanks to this course!

  • @CharlesCroydon That's great! What kind of practices?

  • @MuaniTonsing Thank you for sharing an example from your organisation!

  • @SarahEjeh It's great to hear that you find the course useful and that you are motivated to complete it!

  • @AnitaHanda-Corrigan thank you for your questions. The ICRC set up an innovation unit and fund to test and implement a range of different solutions – from new technologies, to adapted products, to re-designed processes, to novel mechanisms for partnering and financing – across ICRC's key programmatic areas. One of the ICRC's innovation areas is environment and...

  • @EstherMumbi Thank you for sharing an example of interesting environmentally-friendly technology. Was it difficult for the company to convince people to use the product? How did the company get customer acceptance?

  • @AleksandarEgic Thank you for sharing interesting examples!

  • Thank you for sharing your ideas and perspectives! I'm impressed with the wealth of insights! There will be more opportunities to join conversations in the comments area at the end of each step, or in discussion steps like this one.

  • We are looking forward to reading about the environmental risks and mitigation measures you identified. Don't hesitate to share your findings in the comment section below!

  • @SarahEjeh I'm really happy that you joined the course! Enjoy!

  • Do you think some of the solutions implemented in Amman would be relevant to your organisation? If so, which ones? Looking forward to reading your comments!

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  • @StayAlonePaul I'm really happy that you joined this course! I'm sure you will find some inspiration and ideas on how to integrate environmental sustainability into your work. Also, please feel free to contact me by email so that we can see how the ICRC sustainability team can support you in reducing the impact of the fleet in your delegation.

  • Welcome to week 2! I hope you will find it interesting and inspiring. If you think these subjects and activities might be of interest to your friends or colleagues, please invite them to join this course and study with you. There is still plenty of time to do so!

  • Useful tip: learning through conversation is an important part of this course. I encourage you to get involved. If you haven't made a comment or replied to someone else’s yet, give it a try!

  • Dear Anita and Jamil, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Looking forward to reading more examples!

  • @JoelLoader This is a valid point! Sustainability can be understood in different ways, including as the continuity or durability of an activity. However, the broadly applied definition consists of three pillars: economic viability, environmental protection and social equity. In this way, the term “sustainability” can broadly characterize improvements in any...

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  • Thank you for sharing your ideas and insights - we are learning a lot together! Did you get inspired? Would you like to try one of the strategies at your work?

  • @StephenElonge-Fobia Great achievements! Thanks for sharing.

  • @EmilieGhosn, great example. Thanks for sharing!

  • Great work! It's interesting to read about the risks you were able to identify. Looking forward to more contributions! Also, don't hesitate to engage in conversation with fellow learners.

  • @NonkululekoWhite I agree with you! Whenever possible, the ICRC supports local markets. If the goods can be produced and purchased locally, it is a preferable option. However, this is not always the case. For example, the essential household items, such as kitchen sets, are manufactured mainly in China, Pakistan or India, and then exported worldwide. In this...

  • @RobertRoots You made a very good point concerning the auditing and risk of "hiding" noncompliance. The ICRC's Logistics and Procurement team screen the suppliers in this regard as well.

  • @MariaLawlor Speaking for the ICRC, applying the LCA and the concept of ecodesign (we will talk about it later this week) allows us to reduce the environmental impact and the costs associated with the procurement of relief items and their supply chains.

  • @yokomizu You are on a good path. Indeed, printing booklet can be associated with deforestation and chemical pollution. However, do you think that going paperless/digital also has an environmental impact? If yes, is it bigger then the impact of printing booklets? Whan can be done to reduce it?

  • @AdrianaBaggioMartins Most essential household items (EHI), such as kitchen sets, are manufactured in China, Pakistan or India and then transported and distributed in the country where people affected by a crisis are located.

  • @BarboraHolicka Indeed, the LCA cannot be done for every purchased item. The ICRC focuses on strategic products - standard relief items that are distributed in large quantities.

  • @MaksimSilin Interesting! Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • The utility and beneficiaries needs are one of the kye considerations the ICRC takes into account in addition to the environmental impact when purchasing relief items for distribution. The LCA methodology is one of the tools used for decision making but not the only one.

  • @MikkelFaursby These are valid questions! I hope you'll find answers to some of them in this week's learning materials.

  • @IkaliKarvinen, good question! I would add to your question. What is the impact of e-waste disposal on people, especially in countries where waste management systems are dysfunctional or non-existent?

  • @KarinaPolyvyana, you can also use an example from the sector you're working in. It doesn't have to be an example from a humanitarian organisation.

  • @ChloeHarris, this is a good example! The food industry is associated with a significant environmental impact due to food production processes and food waste.

  • @KarinaPolyvyana, this is a good example. Could you share a link to the LCA study you're mentioning?

  • @AaronKangausaru, this is an interesting example. Can you think of more social and environmental impacts associated with the use of explosives? How else can the use of explosives affect local populations and ecosystems?

  • Welcome to week 2! I hope you will find it interesting and inspiring. If you think these subjects and activities might be of interest to your friends or colleagues, please invite them to join this course and study with you. There is still plenty of time to do so!

  • @OukeDijkstra Thanks for your questions. The cost of the waste audit will differ from country to country. Sometimes the waste audit is included in the contract for waste recycling services. But, it can also be carried out for free using information and instructions available on the internet.

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