Nature For Justice
Nature For Justice (N4J) is a non-profit organization established to use nature to address the social justice needs of vulnerable populations confronting the climate crisis around the world. N4J aims to secure funding from companies and other sources and provide technical resources to leading, in-country non-profits and businesses working with these marginalized communities.
To scale our impact, we plan to accelerate and replicate successful landscape management techniques such as restoration, improved management, and forest protection as recent science has demonstrated that these practices can contribute to over 30 percent of the solution in meeting the Paris agreement target.
It has been less than two years since we formally launched N4J so it is too soon to talk about impacts but we are developing program leadership teams, launching feasibility studies and putting in place systems to transparently describe the measurable impacts we are having on social inclusion, economic development, and partner capacity.
The results will allow us to take an adaptive management approach to our work with communities. Overall, the aim is to create nature-based solutions to climate change and provide for economic development, as we conserve and protect nature in the places where we work.
N4J has active projects or projects in development in 13 countries in the Americas, Africa, and Asia-Pacific region.
Our cornerstone US program is with Black farmers in the southeastern United States as we work to connect Black farmers affected by climate change to resources that can help mitigate those impacts.
In Canada, Steve Nitah, the former chief of the Lutsel K’e Dene Nation and a former senior advisor to the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, has joined N4J as Managing Director – Indigenous Relations.
Also in Canada
Also in Canada, our work with the Little Red River Cree is progressing by looking at ways to provide income from carbon sales, protect populations of Woodland Caribou and bison, and hire local First Nation members as Guardians.
Our project with the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve in Western Cape, South Africa, is now in Phase 2 as we evaluate opportunities for regenerative agriculture and restoration using the indigenous plant, Spekboom.
Large African Program
We have signed a major program agreement to work in five African countries (Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, and Ghana). Our ambition is to establish 30 community-based carbon projects.
The first of the Africa Program projects has kicked off in the Togo Range, Ghana, with our local partner, Nature Conservation Research Center.
N4J is supporting Fundación Los Aliados in its work with marginalized communities affected by the climate crisis in a critically important region of the Andean-Amazon slope. We will support and train community-based agriculture extension personnel to promote improved farmer income via crop diversification and other activities.
N4J Catalyst, our sister public benefit corporation that is majority-owned by Nature For Justice, has 4 consulting projects and is contributing unrestricted revenues to the non-profit side of our work.
N4J AWARDED $250,000 GRANT
News Alert #2!
January 13: $500,000 total for African American farmers. N4J has succeeded in raising $250,000 from two anonymous donors to match the $250,000 William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust award to support our project helping Black farmers adapt to climate change. And we did this all within a week!
January 8: An anonymous donor has contributed $100,000 toward the required match on the $250,000 award.
We’ve raised a total of nearly $20,000. Please help us reach our target of $25,000.
Build the capacity of a network of in-country partners with a successful history of cost-effectively helping people and conserving landscapes by aggregating small holder farmers and accelerating the process for community action
Access carbon and other ecosystem service markets to support community well-being in alliances with corporations and other outside parties
Promote smart experimentation and rapid evaluation of outcomes to build upon lessons learned, technologies, and resources to complement our partners’ current capabilities
Act as an effective matchmaker between companies, our partners, and community organizations, such as indigenous peoples, farmer cooperatives, women’s groups, credit unions, and religious assemblies who are natural aggregators