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Supporting the energy needs of refugees and host communities: the role of forests

Posted by: Arturo Gianvenuti

Modified date: 01/11/2018

Supporting the energy needs of refugees and host communities: the role of forests

Categories

Relevant sector: Nutrition, Food Security, Protection, Health, Environment, Early Recovery & Livelihoods

Resource type: Video

Resource use: Resource Mobilization & Advocacy, Other

Language of the document: English, French, Spanish


Author

N/A

Organization

FAO

Description

Several hundred thousand people fleeing civil war, drought and famine in South Sudan have come to Gambella in western Ethiopia, leading to a doubling of the region’s population in just a few years. This unprecedented influx has increased pressure on the local environment as refugees fell trees to meet their needs for woodfuel for cooking and in turn, for food and nutrition. In the long run, forest resources will be depleted. FAO and UNHCR are partnering to support the energy needs of over 200,000 South Sudanese refugees displaced in four refugee camps in the Gambella Region to reduce the impact on the forest resources and host community.

Year of publication

2017