Environmental Community Based Initiatives (ECOBI) is a project of FSDS organization, funded by UNHCR, Stakeholders-partners and beneficiaries. In a participatory approach, this project aims to empower both Burundian and Congolese’ refugees in Rwanda by creating “Environmental Community Based Initiatives – ECOBI in acronym” as an innovative strategy to contributing to the environmental education and climate change mitigation with action-learning for a sustainable environment management in the camps.
At the end of the project, selected camps sites will be operational “ECOBI Entities” for a permanent upgrading of the refugees’ environmental knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) for better livelihoods.
The project seeks to empower refugees’ communities to address climate change and environment challenges in and around the selected camps.
More specifically the project will ensure that :
Community mobilization on ECOBI is strengthened and expanded in the camps ;
Natural resources such as forests are protected and negative environmental impacts such as soil erosion and pollution are mitigated
ECOBI- Community self-management supported and capacity development supported
Thus, the key intended impacts are follows :
Capacity building both for the project staff as well as refugees’ mobilization about environmental protection are strengthened and expanded and contribute to the project goal and objective achievement ;
The project has updated the refugees’ knowledge, attitudes and practices on environment protection and climate change mitigation
Natural resources and environment are better protected