ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Since 2020 to date, WN-CARD with funding support from DanChurchAid (DCA) has been supporting environmental restoration, green livelihoods, and access to safe affordable and clean energy for refugees and host communities in the refugee hosting districts of West Nile Region –Terego, Madio-Okollo and Yumbe, districts, which are home to over 515,000 South Sudan and DRC refugees. The project aims to restore the environment that comes under extreme pressure due to the influx of refugees and consequent high demand for forest products; promote green livelihood activities for both refugee and host communities through agroforestry, Community Awareness and sensitization, community dialogues, Tree growing as well as introduction and promotion of alternative clean energy sources, and fuel-efficient technologies
WN-CARD in partnership with DCA has promoted various technologies including briquettes production from agricultural wastes, fuel efficient stoves, heat retaining baskets, and affordable solar technologies. In doing so the project has contributed to peaceful co-existence between refugee and host communities via promoting initiatives such as agroforestry that benefit both refugees and host communities and reduce competition over scarce resources. The search for firewood was also one of the factors exposing women and girls to a range of protection risks including rape. WN-CARD’s intervention on access to clean and affordable energy sources, and fuel-efficient technologies, have contributed to minimize such risks.
Figure 1: Community Members participate in making Energy Saving Stoves
Figure 2: Tree Nursery Bed with the participation of the Community in Arua in partnership with IFMC (Integrated Farm Management Consult)
WN-CARD has carried out environmental protection within the Refugee settlement of Rhino Camp in Ofua II, through awareness creation on environmental protection and planting over 1,500 trees among the communities, especially targeting the schools, churches and groups of women.