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Michael O’Brien-Onyeka Joins Nature For Justice

June 1, 2022 – We are very pleased to announce that Michael O’Brien-Onyeka will be joining Nature For Justice as our Managing Director – Global Partnerships. In this role, Michael will focus on expanding the N4J global network, creating the organization’s Early Career Pipeline, and building a portfolio of projects, particularly carbon-based projects, that aim to help local communities around the world adapt to climate change.

Michael brings a wealth of expertise and more than 25 years of experience to this position. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President – Africa Field Division at Conservation International.  In that role, Michael led multilateral efforts to drive a new sustainable development paradigm across Africa, a paradigm that sees growth and development working in consonance with nature, not against it. In addition, Michael has held senior positions at Greenpeace Africa, Oxfam, the National Democratic Institute, the African Child Policy Forum, and Amnesty International. Through his career, Micheal has worked and lived in numerous African countries, the Middle East, Europe, and East and South-East Asia.

A Pan-Africanist and an authority on Pan-African issues, Michael has a track record of success in resource mobilization, developing strategic initiatives, fostering high-level partnerships, managing ground-breaking programs, and building strong, effective teams. He has presented at Tedx Talk and is regularly invited to provide keynote addresses on economic, environmental, and social justice issues across Africa.

We very much look forward to working with Michael O’Brien-Onyeka as our new Managing Director – Global Partnerships.  We are certain that he’ll make many valuable contributions to our future growth as we use nature to address the social justice needs of vulnerable populations confronting the climate crisis around the world.

For more on Michael’s vision in his new position at Nature For Justice, visit this link.

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

THE RIPPLE HAS SPREAD TO NATURE FOR JUSTICE.

 We exist at a time when partnerships seem more important than ever. At least in recent memory. Few organizations go on their journey alone. When it’s shared with a kindred spirit, the journey is far less arduous and far more memorable.

The Pond Foundation and Nature For Justice are about to embark on a united mission to help those most affected by climate change.

By creating nature-based solutions to climate change, Nature For Justice believes issues such as economic development, social inclusion and so much more can be done for vulnerable populations confronting climate change around the world.

The Pond Foundation is a non-profit and exists to change the way the world acts on climate change. Its My Carbon Zero program is dedicated to driving change for good by guiding people to reconnect with themselves and with the planet.

This important and timely partnership will be at the forefront of climate change in communities where it’s needed most.

The ripple created by the Pond Foundation is just beginning to spread and Nature For Justice will ride this ripple as it becomes a wave of positive change for those most vulnerable to our changing climate.

For more information contact Scott Poynton of The Pond Foundation (WhatsApp: +41 79 445 62 77) or Hank Cauley of Nature For Justice (+1-202-262-4433)

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

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$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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