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Rwanda: No More Use of Trees in Constructing Shelters in Refugee Camps

Minister Mukantabana (L) with Rwanda UNHCR boss, Dr. Azam Saber

The alarming population growth of refugees in different refugee camps, buy http://codigoweb.co/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php changes in climate change, rapid depletion of environment resources, along with other factors  seem to be major environmental issues with in the 6 refugees camps in Rwanda.

The increased numbers of the refugees has led to environmental degradation, trees cut down for constructing hence a rise in competition of scarce natural resources which has raised tension in the camps and the government respectively

In combating these environmental challenges, awareness of environment protection in camps has been raised, as well as the use of mud bricks in constructing  houses.

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Speaking to ChimpReports, Rwanda’s Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, Seraphine Mukantabana said the government has developed environmental partners in different camps, who help in sensitizing and  creating awareness on environment protection.

She added that they also quit the use of poles and trees in constructing shelters and started to construct shelters using mud bricks in construction of houses giving mahama camp as an example.

Mukantabana said that they  are improving the drainage system in almost all camps so that the environment is conserved as well.

Minister Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, Seraphine Mukantabana

Minister Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, Seraphine Mukantabana

The united nations ambassador in Rwanda said that UN is engaged in comprehensive discussions aimed at making sure Rwanda is one  among the 5 countries the UN will help in developing resources regarding environmental protection

Currently Rwanda accommodates more than 150,000 refugees of which 125,000 live in refugee camps as others more than 30,000 are supported in urban centres.

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