This publication provides an overview of the activities and initiatives related to humanitarian operations undertaken by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). It highlights the need to consider energy access and environmental management of internally displaced person (IDPs) camps and refugee settings.
Most refugees rely on their surrounding natural environment for food, water, livelihoods, shelter and fuel. A large population can put substantial pressure on the surrounding resources, with consequences for persons dependent on the environment. Additionally, limited access to sustainable energy can have severe repercussions on the socio-economic situation and safety of refugees. In order to enhance the well-being and protection of affected populations and the sustainability of operation, UNHCR has set in place programmes and initiatives aimed at improving sustainable environmental management. Additionally, these programmes aims to reduce environmental degradation and increase the resources that are available for refugees, IDPS and host communities.
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