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Feasibility Study Report: Environment and Livelihoods Interventions in Bidibidi and Rhino Camp Refugee Settlements - February 2018


1.0 Purpose, objectives and use


The government of Uganda with support of development partners has developed the Refugee Host Population empowerment framework (ReHoPE), the Social Transformative Agenda (STA) and the Refugee Response Program (RRP). Whereas these initiatives are in place, the actual implementation of activities recommended therein has been very limited and yet the refugee crises continue to grow. Empirical evidence from available literature points to the fact that if no action is put in place, the impact of refugees and the local communities on the integrity of the environment is likely to escalate with devastating effects on natural, economic and social capitals. There is clear evidence that settlements such as Bidibidi will not have any usable biomass in the next four years if the current rate of deforestation and degradation continues unabated.

It should be noted that refugee settlement planning and management requires a careful consideration of the many challenges in order to provide durable and sustainable long term solutions. Therefore, as key stakeholders, we recognized that quantifying risk and seeking participatory generated solutions with affected persons was the most ideal step in a bid to address the enormous environmental and social challenges that the refugee crisis presents especially in a changing climate and resource constrained country. A feasibility study will contribute to the design and structuring of viable environment management plans, policies and actual actions on the ground.

On this basis, Malteser International (MI) and Ecological Christian Organization (ECO) undertook a feasibility study to inform their decision making and come up with a set of viable and durable long term environmental solutions for refugee settlements in West Nile.

Objectives of the feasibility study

The main objective of the feasibility study was to collect up-to-date and sufficient information to facilitate and inform decision making for Malteser International and Ecological Christian Organization on most appropriate interventions for promoting environmental conservation in and around the refugee settlements in West Nile.