Monusco greening initiative

Fri, 30/05/14

On World Environment Day 2014, the United Nations Volunteers programme and the Environment Unit in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) are calling on all Mission staff to hand in their waste paper, together with $1 USD in support of Internally Displaced People (IDP) fuel needs and reforestation campaign.

This initiative will help to reduce the environmental footprint of the mission as all waste paper collected will be given to a local association in charge of transforming waste paper into briquettes. The briquettes will then be given to internally displaced people (IDP) for the provision of fuel. Briquettes are used in place of traditional firewood thereby helping to reduce deforestation. The money raised will help to provide tree seedlings to an IDP camp in North Kivu and to plant trees in conflict-affected areas to promote reforestation. 

Years of conflict within the Democratic Republic of Congo have had a detrimental effect on ecosystems and the environment, leading to the destruction and depletion of natural resources. Soils have been contaminated, infrastructure damaged and agricultural cycles destabilized, which in turn has led to famine and displacement of the population. Resource scarcity makes local populations more vulnerable and can destabilize the peacekeeping process.

Trees play a vital role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the trunk, leaves, roots and soil. The addition of trees to a degraded landscape also helps to reduce soil erosion, helps with water conservation, increases biodiversity and provides habitat for wildlife. Tree planting also provides livelihoods for communities in developing countries.

It is estimated that if all staff members in North Kivu take part in the initiative, it could raise enough money to buy up to 9,147 trees.

To take part staff in North Kivu should take their waste paper and $1 to the TMK cafeteria on World Environment Day (5 June) or the EIHQ cafeteria on 6 June.

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Categories: Staff Engagement