Current CEMDO is implementing Four projects
1. Social Accountability and Monitoring [SAM] project in agriculture sector at Ulanga district, Morogoro supported by ANSAF (Agriculture Non State Actors Forum) form July 2011, we are at the final stage of finalizing
2. Promotion of sustainable change to community in water sanitation and hygiene practice in Kilosa District, Morogoro Region.
3. Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP) in Ulanga District by AFRICARE
4. Kigoma Environmental Management Project (KEM) - refugees and asylum seekers in Kasulu District Nyarugusu camp By UNHCR
The Nyarugusu refugees’ camp was open in November 1996 following civil war/ conflict in south Kivu in DRC.Nyarugusu camp is the remaining refugee camp in west Tanzanian with many refugees from DRC, few from Burundi, Rwanda and Sudan. The current population stands at 68,898 with the approximately 13,000 households. The following environmental activities are being implemented by CEMDO in Nyarugusu refugees’ camp since CEMDO’s engagement in refugees operations in early August 2013.
1. Follow up unfriendly activities to environment:
We do conduct based and joint patrols with the host villages’ environmental committee to discourage illegal activities like charcoal making, lumbering, cutting green trees, cultivation, debarking of trees inside and outside the camp.
2. Environmental awareness campaign:
We normally conduct awareness campaigns through various methods like school presentation, church presentation, home visits and meetings targeting to address the use of improved stove to minimize fuel wood consumption, protect regenerations, promotion of home gardening, soil conservation and promotion of mud brick houses to reduce pressures on natural resources.
3. Energy conservation:
We conduct sensitization to refugee’s community on energy conservation seeking to minimize the fuel wood consumption in Nyarugusu camp. In Nyarugusu camp refugees are sensitizing to construct and use rocket and improved stoves because are very efficient and consume few firewood compared to three stone stove .The current stove coverage stands at 81%.
4. Vegetable gardening
The promotion of vegetable gardening in Nyarugusu camp is seeking to supplement food from what they are receiving from WFP.We support agricultural groups with various vegetable seeds like tomatoes, onions, amaranthus, eggplant and cabbage. The total agricultural groups in Nyarugusu camp are 300 with total members
5. Gully rehabilitation
This activity is seeking to rehabilitate eroded area and unproductive soil to become useful, also to reduce negative impacts of soil erosion like, river siltation, degradation of land, closing of some pedestrian paths due to size increment of gullies and flood and deaths of children. We normal build structures across gully like gabions, check dams and u-shapes which tends to accumulate soil, hence make the gully heal. We also plant vegetative materials like sativa and elephant grasses along gullies to facilitate quick healing of them.
6. Conflict resolution meeting
The quarterly conflict resolution meeting is among of activities organized and facilitated by CEMDO where host village leaders invited in camp to meet with refugees leaders in discussion on conflicts/misunderstanding related to natural resources sharing and come up with resolutions. These meetings are very important because they harmonize peace and good relationship between two communities.
7. Promotion of mud brick houses
The promotion of mud bricks houses is intending to reduce pressures on environment hence environmental protection and management. Refugees are encouraged to build houses by using bricks rather than poles/trees to avoid destruction of forest. The current mud bricks houses coverage is 98%.
8. Various environmental impact assessment surveys
The project is conducting various surveys as part of the environmental intervention related activities and in order to measure the progress of the project against preset indicators, objectives, outputs and related impact/outcomes. The surveys include household energy consumption surveys, wood intake surveys, tree survival rate assessments, mud brick coverage surveys, energy saving stoves coverage surveys and gullies healing rate assessments.
Jiras Nyamtema and Willbroad Kawemama.