Geospatial Environmental Assessment of refugees’ vulnerability and impact on the water-energy-food-health-climate nexus: examples from the Syria–Lebanon case

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Jamon Van Den Hoek

May 14, 2021, 2:22:47 PM5/14/21
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Dear Colleagues,

Our fourth paper is now posted: H. Jaafar (2021). Geospatial Environmental Assessment of refugees’ vulnerability and impact on the water-energy-food-health-climate nexus: examples from the Syria–Lebanon case 

In this paper, the author examines an often overlooked facet of refugee-environment relationships: water availability and use. Drawing on several studies in Syrian refugee-hosting regions in Lebanon, the author shows with fine spatial detail how hosting 1.5 million refugees has affected freshwater availability with consequences for energy consumption, food security, and climate hazard. The paper shows that resource allocation to support refugees is not only localized to refugee-hosting regions in the short-term during or after refugee arrival but may have national consequences over the long-term for refugee hosting countries.

Please have a read and share your thoughts and questions here.

Thank you,

Jamon Van Den Hoek, PhD | Asst Professor
Geography Program, CEOAS | Oregon State University
Oregon State University occupies land in the traditional territory of the 
Ampinefu ("Mary's River") band of the Kalapuya. After the Kalapuya 
Treaty (Treaty of Dayton) in 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed 
to what are now the Grand Ronde and Siletz reservations, and are now 
members of Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon 


May 15, 2021, 2:12:16 PM5/15/21
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Thanks Jamon  and Thanks Prof Jafar,
In an assessment for the south sudanese refugees  which i did three yeard ago,in the white Nile State,which 

is the immediate border those fleeing the civil war in the south.They were estimated to be 4 millions.
They build their homes from the forest and cook from it.UNHCR Is completely over sighting the environmental impact.Now the state is on its way to become a .Floods plain.A few weeks the floods washed the their harvest.This was the case in eastern sudan that has become home to Ethiopian &  

Ereterian refuges since the time of Mangestu up to the recent Tegray tragedy.It is far beyond the land carriying capacity 
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John McKeown

May 18, 2021, 2:49:44 PM5/18/21
Lebanon - 
Thank you Hadi for your illuminating talk and paper.
You mentioned the Bekaa valley - has this affected the Aammiq Wetland? (some people I know worked there in wildlife conservation).

best wishes,
JP McKeown
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