In regions Asia and Philippines and in group Asia



Environmental Country Profile Technical Working Group

Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Environmental Country Profile Technical Working Group (ECP TWG)



The Shelter Cluster Philippines is currently developing an ECP which aims to fill a gap in the knowledge base of the cluster highlighted during past responses. The profile will inform environmentally sustainable shelter programming by making key information about environmental considerations, impacts, concerns and opportunities relevant to shelter and settlements programming available and accessible to Shelter Cluster partners. Central to the profile is a checklist which guides shelter practitioners through the steps required to ensure that environmental protection is adequately considered in their programs.   

Aims and outputs of the ECP TWG

The aim of the ECP TWG is to ensure that the process of drafting the ECP draws on the extensive knowledge of Shelter Cluster members and Government counterparts working across the Philippines, to develop relevant and up-to-date country-specific guidance. The ECP TWG will provide a common platform for partners to contribute to the content of the ECP.

The output of the ECP TWG will be an ECP with cover outline, checklist and annexes containing information relevant to shelter and settlements programming such as:

  • Ecosystems and protected areas
  • Environmental degradation and climate change risks

  • Legal frameworks/laws/regulations
  • Natural resource practices
  • Shelter building practices and materials
  • Resources and local contacts

It will be structured on the 2018 Sphere Standards for Shelter and Settlement and designed to support coordination and technical capacity of the cluster, informing macro-level planning through to household item distribution.

The ECP will consist of living documents that can be revised by the Shelter Cluster as and when required.

TWG members will be asked to:

  • Suggest other key stakeholders who can contribute to the process;

  • Participate actively in TWG meetings and workshops;
  • Contribute to the development of the ECP profile, reviewing and sharing best practices, case studies and other relevant resources and documents;
  • Support detailed review of draft and final draft versions of the ECP.


TWG members (other agencies may join through the process):  [ for updating during the 1st TWG Meeting ]

  1. Shelter Cluster Lead-TWG chairs (IFRC and DHSUD)
  2. UN Habitat
  3. IOM
  4. UN OCHA
  5. Philippine Red Cross
  6. CRS
  7. Habitat for Humanity International
  8. Build Change

  9. Habitat for Humanity Philippines

  10. United Architects of the Philippines

  11. People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, Inc.

  12. Rotary Club of Cebu/ShelterBox Philippines Operation

  13. College of Engineering, La Salle University, Manila

External TWG Advisory and Support Members:

  • Global Shelter Cluster (GSC)

  • Environment Community of Practice (ECoP)

  • Australian Red Cross (Focal Point for Shelter Cluster Coordination, Asia Pacific)

  • National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources

  • UN RCO, Philippines

Related Government agencies who may participate:

  • Department of Energy

  • Department of Public Works and Highways

  • Local Water Utilities Administration

  • National Water Resources Board

  • Department of Science and Technology


  • TOR reviewed by TWG members: 13th September 2023.
  • Secondary data collection: 13th – 20th September.
  • Primary data collection: 18th September – 27th October.
  • Development of draft annexes: 27th September – 8th November.
  • Review of draft annexes by TWG members: 9th October – 21st November.
  • Enhancement of draft annexes: 18th October – 24th November.
  • National level sharing workshop: Final week of November.
  • Finalisation of ECP: final week of November.

Research Consultant Method of Delivery

The structure of the ECP is pre-determined, using the template designed by the Global Shelter Cluster. This is to be populated with context-specific information following a thorough desk review by the research consultant, with the support of the Shelter Cluster Coordinator.

TWG members will review and provide specific feedback on the work of the research consultant, plus any agency-specific examples/case studies highlighting good practices and lessons learned which can further elaborate on the content of each annex.

The research consultant will compile inputs from TWG members to ensure the ECP is a cohesive and simple-to-use guidance document.

Below are links to the draft documents (Google Docs):

i. Cover outline

ii: Checklist

iii: Annexes: