UN to plant 1 million trees around the refugee camps to fight deforestation

This South Sudanese refugee chops wood in the forests everyday to get back to her family. Her family, which consists of six children, depends on the firewood for cooking and boiling water just like thousands of other South Sudanese refugees living in Gambella. Buk Liy Kang, the South Sudanese Refugee, said: "I usually come back from the forest after two hours or so, and I get so tired. After resting for a short while, I arrange my firewood for home use and for sale." Though it is a necessity for refugees, forest deletion can be destructive for forests. It also exposes refugee women to the risk of sexual abuse as they have to walk long distances to fetch the wood. In order to address some of the issues, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization is working with the refugees. The organization will plant a million fast-growing trees around the camps to fight deforestation, while creating income opportunities for the refugees. A forestry officer in Food and Agricultural Organization informed that it is crucially important to develop a coherent strategy that enables the most vulnerable people to have access to energy and clean and efficient technologies. The agency will not only monitor deforestation using satellites, but will also train local craftsmen to produce energy-saving clay stoves to cut wood consumption by up to 25 percent.