The world’s first climate positive refugee camp

Care visited Uganda together with partners to learn more about the challenges experienced in the refugee settlement.  Photo: Care
Care visited Uganda together with partners to learn more about the challenges experienced in the refugee settlement. Photo: Care

Care Norway and Care Denmark are aiming to create the world’s first climate positive refugee camp.

What is the humanitarian challenge?
The number of displaced people worldwide is at its highest level since World War II. Refugees are settled in camps or integrated into host communities. Hosting refugees for sustained periods puts pressure on the host communities and their resources, including land, water and forests, resulting in increased vulnerabilities. The increased draw on natural resources, especially the use of trees as a source of energy and conversion of land into agriculture, also contributes to climate change. This adds to the climate change challenges that lie underneath people’s decisions to flee from their homes.


What is innovative about this project?
The vision of the CAMP+ project is to create the world’s first climate positive refugee camp. The aim is to define and test a model for a self-sustaining climate positive refugee camp that produces sustainable food and clean energy for 100,000 refugees. CAMP+ presents a holistic, integrated and circular approach by including natural resource management planning, livelihood training, waste management, sustainable energy (for lighting, charging, etc.), sustainable cooking fuel and climate-smart agriculture and food production systems.
The model camp will integrate a mix of tested and proven solutions and programming, with new and innovative technology.

 

What are the expected outcomes?
The CAMP+ project will develop a holistic, integrated and circular camp prototype. The aim is for settlements to evolve from being an environmental burden to be an asset and at the same time improve the livelihoods and living standard of both refugees and host communities.