Data initiative on sustainable energy solutions for displaced populations in Somalia
Somalia is at the forefront of climate change. Over the past three years, the country faced five consecutive failed rainy seasons and a once-in-a-100-year flood event, pushing 1.4 million people into displacement. Yet, Somalia contributes to less than 0.01% of global carbon emissions. Among the effects of climate change is its impact on forest regeneration, in a country where most of the population relies on firewood for cooking energy. In a vicious circle, the use of firewood also contributes to environmental degradation. Beyond environmental and climatic considerations, the collection and use of firewood also comes with substantial protection and health risks, in particular for internally displaced populations living in hostile areas.