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Initiatives

The William R. Kenan, Jr Charitable Trust awarded a $250,000 grant to Nature For Justice to increase the capacity among Black Farmers living in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida as they adapt to the cumulative effects of climate change on their livelihoods and communities. Within a week of the award, N4J received another $250,000 from two anonymous donors making the program $500,000. 

Kevin Bryan will lead the project and has agreed to take on the role of N4J’s Managing Director for US Operations. 

The project will address the impacts of climate change which, when coupled with the historic exclusion from agricultural resources and opportunities, have increasingly imperiled the livelihoods of thousands of African American farmers across this nation.  Early discussions have begun with The University of North Carolina’s Kenan Flagler Business School and the American Forest Foundation.

Nature 4 Justice has awarded its first small grant to Los Aliados in Ecuador to work with smallholder farmers as they adopt Climate Smart agricultural practices to adapt to climate change.

Read about N4J’s larger initiative with Los Aliados.

In Papua New Guinea, Nature for Justice is assisting NIHT, based in the Province of New Ireland, as it seeks to market 1.1 million verified carbon credits and expand its work from 330,000 hectares and 14 recognized land groups to other parts of the province and PNG. N4J’s technical and investment partner, Cultivo, has been assisting in this effort.

N4J is supporting the Nature Conservation Research Center (NCRC) to develop a local landscape-level, climate-smart cocoa agricultural support system in areas around three national park areas to contribute to Ghana’s national climate change goals and cocoa/chocolate company commitments to source cocoa from deforestation-free supply chains.

N4J’s support will include both technical expertise on smart agriculture but also resources for implementation, monitoring, and adaptation.

Read about N4J’s larger initiative with NCRC.

Partnerships

Cultivo brings to the partnership an ability to help communities quantify the value of the natural capital stack – the biodiversity, water, carbon, and ecosystem services -– that they’ve lived with for generations and have begun to lose due to our changing climate. That’s part one.

“Diversity and resilience are important for investing. That’s why we select diverse projects across a range of ecosystems.”

Part two will be determining the potential of that natural capital stack if those communities were to adopt new land use practices that improved management, restored landscapes, and protected forests.
Monetizing and selling the differential to investors who see the value in one or more elements of the natural capital stack is the engine that will drive change – not philanthropy but real business investment.

Cultivo and N4J complement one another on our three foundational pillars: social inclusion, business durability, and science-based decision-making. We’re already applying those principles as we consider projects in Canada, Australia, Ghana, Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica.

For an overview of their approach, watch this video.

See blog post here.

Los Aliados is pleased to announce a new partnership with the recently created NGO, Nature for Justice.

Nature for Justice bridges the gap between rural communities affected by climate change and investments in climate response. Nature for Justice’s approach focuses on building in-house country partner capacity, promoting smart experimentation and rapid evaluation of outcomes, and acting as an effective matchmaker between companies, their partners, and community organizations, such as indigenous peoples and farmer cooperatives.

Key strategies include aggregating small-holders such as indigenous groups, coops, women’s initiatives, and religious assemblies, and acting as a matchmaker between companies that stand to benefit through adapted practices (e.g., improved supply chains, carbon offset credits) and these communities.

Along with Aliados, Nature for Justice is building a network of committed partners, such as RESOLVE and Nature Conservation Research Center, and will provide technical skills, technologies, and resources, and share lessons.

N4J is supporting Aliados in our partnership with Cloudforest Organics and local farmers to implement a sustainable cloud forest management program in the critically important Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve buffer area, where up to 20% of eastern tropical cloud forests have been lost in the past two decades.

There is a strong complement of skills, resources, and networks between Aliados and N4J and we’re looking forward to this partnership working toward impact at scale.

RESOLVE is pleased to announce a new partnership with the recently created NGO, Nature for Justice. 

Nature for Justice bridges the gap between rural communities affected by climate change and investments in climate response. Nature for Justice mitigates the social impacts of climate change by helping communities adapt to the climate crisis, becoming more resilient through actions such as improved agricultural techniques, restoring ecosystem health, and managing local forests.

The vast majority of the 570 million global farmers are subsistence farmers with limited to no ability to adapt to the climate crisis. By monetizing practices that small-scale farmers can adopt to improve ecosystem services and store carbon, whole landscapes occupied by these farmers will receive reliable income in the near-term and build sustainable solutions for the future.

Nature for Justice is building a network of in-country partners, such as Los Aliados in Ecuador and Nature Conservation Research Center in Ghana, and will provide technical skills, technologies and resources, and share lessons.

Key strategies include aggregating small-holders such as indigenous groups, coops, women’s initiatives, and religious assemblies; and acting as a matchmaker between companies that stand to benefit through adapted practices (e.g., improved supply chains, carbon offset credits) and these communities.

Ultimately, Nature for Justice aims to transform impoverished areas into self-sustaining and thriving communities.

There is a strong fit with RESOLVE’s program with synergies across our partner networks.

We’re looking forward to this partnership with Hank Cauley and his colleagues.

Stephen D’Esposito

Newsletters

$525,000 raised to date. New project with Black American Farmers. Engaging with the Biden Administration. 

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Kevin Bryan’s video on equity and social justice. His two blog posts on these issues. Building a Big Tent.

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