Environmental impact of refugees in Guinea (pre-assessment report)

Environmental impact of refugees in Guinea (pre-assessment report)

The need for building capacities in environmental management and planning in Guinea

Report on the findings of the pre-assessment of the environmental impacts of the refugee situation in Guinea.

Observations and conclusions:

  • high population densities in the rural areas has resulted in high pressure on natural resources in southern Guinea. The apportion of resources is unsustainable
  • whilst most attention and efforts are channelled towards the officially registered refugees in the UNHCF refugee camps in the rural areas, the environmental problems in urban areas are also serious and to date not adequately addressed
  • generally there is a good understanding of the impact of the refugees by the organisations active in Guinea. However, present initiatives to address the environmental impacts are often sectoral, ad-hoc, short term, poorly co-ordinated, and concentrate only on the most affected areas. Often this is due to lack of resources

Recommendations:

    develop an urban programme with the objective to support the urban centres in southern Guinea in building capacities in environmental management and planning
  • develop an action plan for the protection and sustainable use of natural resources in the rural areas
  • Both the rural and urban initiative should address the urgent problems that are related to the refugee presence
  • Both initiatives should be presented during a Guinea donors conference that is being organised for later this year. They should be launched during a workshop to be organised in Guinea, where also the outcomes of pre-assessment can be discussed with all stakeholders.

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