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

Jun 2018

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.