Increasing populations, rising urbanization, economic expansion, and the emergence of new industrial centers are among the driving factors of increasing demand for construction material around the world. Reconstruction needs after major disasters only compound this issue. Exponential increases of material extraction, processing and disposal can cause significant environmental and social impacts such as erosion, deforestation, landslides, and floods; deprive communities of essential livelihood resources; and put people, infrastructure, and ecosystems at greater risk of future disasters.

Practical guidelines for responsible material selection and use for government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector are rare. This guide aims to fill a gap and provide guidance on better practices for government agencies, private sector companies, NGOs, and community-based organizations (CBOs) for environmentally responsible selection, sourcing, use and disposal of construction material.


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