Refugees in Tanzania planting trees to conserve environment

Burundian refugees arriving at the reception centre at Nduta camp, having travelled by bus from the previous site Nyarugusu, which is around one and a half hour’s drive away. Approximately 500 people were moved on the first day of relocation.

Refugees in Tanzania are now being engaged in initiatives to protect the environment. This is proving to be especially useful, given the growing demand for charcoal in refugee camps that results in that cutting of more trees.

Nduta refugee camp to the West of Tanzania is home to more than 300,000 refugees. Most of them came here after fleeing insecurity in Burundi. But concerns in this camp have shifted from the high numbers of the displaced, to the impact the numbers themselves are having on the environment.

Many of these refugees have been sourcing their fuel needs directly from the environment. But thanks to awareness programmes, many have now stopped using firewood.

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