Nature For Justice

We put nature-based solutions to work for climate justice

2023 Recap

In 2020, we launched Nature For Justice (N4J) to advance social justice for frontline communities confronting climate change. This vision became a reality in 2023 as N4J established strong programs in the USA, Canada, and across several African countries. This great leap forward was powered by a growing and diverse roster of staff, advisors, board members, key partnerships and expanded investments.

Our Story

Nature For Justice (N4J) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Globally, we harness nature-based solutions (NbS) to benefit frontline communities confronting the climate crisis.

We created N4J to respond to a fairness gap we observed in global carbon markets. Across many carbon projects, communities provide the land, put in the work, and shoulder significant risk. But, too often, they receive an inequitable share of the financial returns.

At N4J, we create NbS projects that put communities first—easing key barriers to entry for community-led projects and ensuring community partners always get their fair share of a project’s rewards.

What We Do

Advancing Climate Resilience

We strengthen the capacity of local partners to invest in climate resilience by providing targeted technical assistance and financial support.

Mobilizing Blended Finance
We mobilize blended finance—from private investors interested in carbon credits and foundations and donors focused on climate resilience and mitigation—to advance high-impact, community-driven NbS projects.
NbS / Carbon Project Origination and Co-Creation
We collaborate with local partners to identify, incubate, and co-create high-integrity NbS projects that can drive investment for communities impacted by climate change.

What Makes Us Different

Climate Justice First
Under the right conditions, we believe NbS and, as warranted, carbon markets can be critical tools to advance climate justice.

Climate Justice Additionality
Across every N4J project, we look to create climate justice additionality. That means we focus on fairness, transparency, and ensuring participating communities receive a significant share of a project’s financial and non-monetary benefits.

Overcoming Key Barriers to Entry
Our approach is centered on alleviating the barriers to entry that prevent communities from engaging in and benefiting from emerging markets for NbS and carbon.

Spotlight on Programs

We mobilize blended finance for community-determined NbS projects. By unlocking new avenues for long-term finance and support, these projects can be powerful vehicles for community resilience and climate justice. We’re actively working in 7 countries in North America and Africa.

Africa Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) Program

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U.S. Farmer Inclusion Program

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Indigenous-led Conservation in Canada

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Trusted by Investors. Trusted by Communities.

Our team has decades of experience spanning 70+ countries, with diverse backgrounds in finance, conservation, natural resources management, economic development, and social justice and inclusion. We excel at leading complex, cross-sector teams.

At N4J, we foster co-creation and collaboration with diverse global partners and local project implementers. We see partnership as the key to long-term success and scale.