Evaluating Potential Nature-based Solution Projects: Systematically and Fairly

Evaluating Nature-based Solution Proposals

Last year, we founded an Africa Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Program and secured the commitment of major investors for the development and implementation of socially inclusive, large-scale and long- term projects that are consistent with our strategy to identify and work with local groups and their existing trust networks.  Our objective is to develop at least […]

Looking Back to See Forward: 2022 Accomplishments and Opportunities Ahead

2022 – A Year in Review This is a somewhat unusual end-of-year message as I want to talk as much about process as achievements for the year. Nature For Justice(N4J) is a two-year-old organization with big ambitions (i.e. ultimately improving the lives of 100 million people), an expanding set of collaborators (e.g.Ostrom Climate), and confidence that […]

$51 per ton? Nope. Try $185 for the Social Cost of Carbon.

Indigenous Peoples

The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is the cost of the damages incurred by the emission of one additional metric ton (mt) of CO2.  For example, when emitted from car exhaust, CO2 remains in the atmosphere for a long period of time and causes warming, which in turn affects human health and the environment in a […]

Interview with Ganesan ‘Bala’ Balachander, a Nature For Justice Senior Advisor

Ganesan ‘Bala’ Balachande

Old Wine in New Bottles. Nature-based Solutions in the Indian Farming Landscape. Ganesan ‘Bala’ Balachande started his career in physics but his real interest was always in wildlife conservation. He has over three decades of experience at the global, regional, and national levels in corporate banking, international development, applied ecological research, and social enterprises. He […]

Interview with Jasmine Gibson, Our Regional Hub Outreach Coordinator

Jasmine Gibson

Jasmine Gibson Working closely with Clarenda Stanley on our BIPOC Farmers Project and Farmer Inclusion is our new Regional Hub Outreach Coordinator Jasmin Gibson who took some time out of her day to let us get to know her better. Lisa Cloete (LC): Can you tell us a short story about your background and what […]

Interview with Clarenda Stanley, N4J’s MD of Farmer Inclusion (Part 2)

Hemp, Clarenda Stanley

Clarenda Stanley is an award-winning fundraiser, communications professional, and CEO/Founder of Green Heffa Farms, the nation’s first Certified B Corp Black-owned farm. Clarenda hosted the first-ever W.A.S.H. event in North Carolina in early October. She took a break from her morning farming recently to give me the lowdown on what it was all about. Click […]

Interview with Clarenda Stanley, N4J’s MD of Farmer Inclusion (Part 1)

Clarenda Stanley

We recently welcomed Clarenda Stanley as the new Managing Director of Farmer Inclusion for Nature for Justice. Clarenda is a farmer herself who grows herbs and medicinal plants in North Carolina. Clarenda works in communications and fundraising as well, bringing in a multidisciplinary approach to running the N4J BIPOC Farmers Initiative. Lisa Cloete (LC): As […]

Recognizing Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples proven to sustain biodiversity and address climate change: Now it’s time to recognize and support this leadership People around the world increasingly see the urgent need to tackle the twin emergencies of climate change and biodiversity loss. We can make progress on both these fronts if the world also recognizes the leadership of […]

John Oliver: Giggles and a Big Fail

john oliver

John Oliver’s recent broadside against carbon offsets last month got lots of laughs.  But Oliver and his team cherry-picked the data for the giggles. It was also a Big Fail. The piece ignored the important potential of offsets for those most challenged by climate change: at-risk local and indigenous communities. Failure of Standards, and Solutions […]

Nature-based Solutions? They’re powerful.

Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based solutions are gaining traction around the world as a means of mitigating the threats of climate change. While there are various definitions of Nature-based solutions (NbS), they have many elements in common.  Generally speaking, NbS are actions taken to restore, protect, and sustainably manage natural ecosystems to address the myriad challenges posed by climate […]

What is Blue Carbon?

Blue Carbon

And why it’s imperative to protect this precious resource Blue carbon is the name for carbon captured by oceans and coastal ecosystems. Carbon sequestration and storage in mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows is an essential coastal ‘blue carbon’ ecosystem service for climate change mitigation. The marine environment – the oceans and their diverse coastal […]

Learn Fast: Measure. Compare. Modify.

Learn Fast

Post COP26 View Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are emerging as a powerful, integrated approach for mitigating and adapting to climate change while protecting biodiversity and promoting the well-being of people, particularly those living in vulnerable communities. There is growing evidence that NbS have the potential to capture over one-third of the carbon needed to keep the […]