Rohingya volunteers to help make camps plastic free

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 01:36, Jun 04,2018 | Updated: 01:41, Jun 04,2018

 
 

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and its partner International Union for the Conservation of Nature will hold events in Kutupalong refugee settlement in Cox’s Bazar tomorrow to mark the World Environment Day 2018.
Rohingya volunteer members from the Elephant Response Teams set up under a joint agency project will be helping to make the camps plastic free.
Officials representing the Bangladesh Forest Department, the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s Office will join the event, the UNHCR said on Sunday.
This year’s theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
The ERT members were formed to reduce incidents involving elephants coming into conflict with refugees in Kutupalong — the world’s largest refugee settlement — and other neighbouring areas.
The project is part of a programme by UNHCR and IUCN, working closely with the government authorities, aimed at mitigating some of the environmental impacts linked to the establishment of refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar.
Other plans include carrying out environmental education and awareness among refugee and the host communities on the importance of forest resources as well as taking steps to improve the environment in the settlement area and nearby surroundings.
Advocacy will be conducted for reforestation programmes, to ensure that natural resources and a shared environment are better protected.

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