Climate change affects displaced people
Climate change is the greatest crisis of our time, and it hits poor populations the hardest - including displaced people.
At Danish Refugee Council, we see daily how climate change worsens the living standards of people who are already deeply vulnerable after being forced to flee war, conflict and persecution.
Droughts, floods and hurricanes challenge life in refugee camps and settlements, and the loss of already limited resources, such as food and water, leads to conflict between communities.
That's why DRC invests in projects that improve the climate in the areas where refugees and displaced people live. Scroll down to learn more about some of them.
Climate projects in Tanzania
The Kigoma region, one of the poorest in Tanzania, is home to close to 240,000 refugees, largely from Burundi and DR Congo. The influx of people puts pressure on host communities and local resources, straining both the population and the climate. We are there developing sustainable solutions.
Sustainable plant nurseries
Why does DRC have green projects?
Stephan Deutekom, Country Director for DRC Tanzania
The number of climate refugees is steadily increasing
Climate refugees are people who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of climate change. Unlike other refugees who flee due to conflict or persecution, climate refugees flee because their natural environment has been destroyed by drought, floods or other natural disasters that make their homes uninhabitable.
More than 30 million people worldwide are suffering from climate change to the extent that they have had to flee their homes. These are children and adults who have lost their livelihoods and are now suffering from massive food insecurity, water shortages and increased vulnerability to disease outbreaks.
And we've only seen the tip of the iceberg. The number of climate refugees is expected to increase significantly over the next few years. Therefore, the crisis requires immediate attention!
Read more about climate refugees here.