AREAS OF FOCUS
1. Holistic and Responsive Education
Education is vital to ensuring that future generations benefit from a greater understanding of nature and an appreciation of its value (Dasgupta 2021).
The overall goals of this strategic area of focus are to educate the next generation of Kenya’s citizens to be aware of the value of nature; train a generation of professionals who can scale up restoration efforts; disseminate good practices/best practices; broaden experiential learning & volunteering opportunities, and generate ecosystem restoration knowledge across disciplines and sectors. This strategic area of focus is delivered by four strategic levers:
Lever 1.1: Facilitating the on-school ecosystem restoration education, capacity building and tree planting.
Lever 1.2: Facilitating accessibility of relevant information, knowledge sharing, collaborative problem solving, and capacity-development.
Lever 1.3: Supporting university-based and university-focused ecosystem restoration programs.
Lever 1.4: Organizing and coordinating a 3.5-days residential Annual Africa Restorative Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) Management and Leadership Symposium (NbS Africa Symposium).
2. Regenerative Local AgriFood Systems
The global food system is the primary driver of biodiversity loss and contributes around 30 per cent of total anthropogenic emissions (Benton et al., 2021). Restoration is essential to ensure food security for a growing population. It is estimated that restoration through agroforestry alone has the potential to increase food security for 1.3 billion people (UNEP 2021).
This strategic area of focus intends to strengthen the local systems for systemic restoration and regeneration of productive ecosystems for the resilient attainment of food security among the local communities. This strategic area of focus is delivered by four strategic levers:
Lever 2.1: Activating community-led agri-food system transformation.
Lever 2.2: Establishing resilient pathways for diverse agri-food education programs that inspire, train, educate, mentor and activate local youth and children to co-create sustainable food system systems.
Lever 2.3: Growing the new value-based economy from the ground up.
Lever 2.4: Building community-led, community-leveled, and youth-led national agri-food movement.
3. Inclusive Business and Philanthropy
Governments, financial institutions, and businesses have pledged to increase restoration efforts through several high-level global initiatives since ecosystem restoration has significant economic and financial benefits (Stewart et al. 2022). The State of Finance Nature report estimates that only approximately USD 133 billion/year currently flows into Nature-based solutions with the vast majority from public funds (86%) while private finance contributes only to 14%.
There is an urgent need for actors in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to take action and increase their investments by at least four times over the next three decades according to the State of Finance Nature report. The overall aim of this strategic area of focus is to help direct investments from the private sector as well as from philanthropy into ecosystem restoration initiatives which help close the biodiversity financial gap and tackle climate change and environmental degradation. This strategic area of focus is delivered by three strategic levers:
Lever 3.1: Facilitating an ambitious mobilization of private and philanthropic donations to the Kenya’s Grassroots Restoration Fund (GRF).
Lever 3.2: Facilitating the convening of at least 50 national and international companies to invest in greening the Kenya’s education sector, revitalizing local agri-food systems, and restoring urban areas.
Lever 3.3: Establishing and operationalizing a Multi-sector, Multi-discipline, and Kenya-focused Community of Experts (CoE) to provide management consultancy support for businesses, organizations and investors’ projects to become nature positive.
4. Sustainable Nature Positive Cities.
Urban areas are responsible for over 75% of global carbon emissions, as well as habitat loss and ecosystem degradation (World Economic Forum and Alexander von Humboldt Institute, 2022). However, cities across the world can change the paradigm by investing in NbS for infrastructure and restoration/land-sparing interventions improving urban sustainability and human wellbeing, while addressing climate change and biodiversity loss (World Economic Forum and Alexander von Humboldt Institute, 2022).
The goal of this strategic area of focus is to facilitate and support public policy action through the proposed Cities of Conscience Dialogue in Nairobi city, Kisumu city, Mombasa city, and Nakuru city; while improving the wellbeing of urban residents by conserving existing natural habitats, restoring degraded areas and greening infrastructure through the proposed Kenya Nature Positive Cities League. This strategic area of focus is delivered by five strategic levers:
Lever 4.1: Facilitate and support public policy actions through the proposed Cities of Conscience Dialogue project in Nairobi city, Kisumu city, Mombasa city, and Nakuru city.
Lever 4.2: Improving the wellbeing of urban residents by conserving existing natural habitats, restoring degraded areas and greening infrastructure through our proposed Kenya Nature Positive Cities League.
Lever 4.3: Implementing extensive capacity building for the sixteen (16) city managers and administrators through a five-day Annual National Nature Positive Cities Workshop.
Lever 4.4: Developing learning and exchange program for 24 cities’ managers and administrators with global champion cities.
Lever 4.5: Supporting reproduction of biannual Magazine on Nature Positive Cities.
5. Local System Strengthening
The alliance’s paradigmatic shift from the Best Practices Approach to the Best Fits Approach as the surest and most resilient pathways to zero hunger empowers the strengthening of local systems by tapping into the tremendous local capacities that already exists within local communities, local partners, and local actors.
The goal of this lever is to actionize multi-prolonged strategies that involve accompanying local actors (county-based organizations, youth-led/youth serving organizations, self-help groups, primary schools, secondary schools, universities, and government agencies) to learn by doing through participatory methods, volunteer support, supporting network strengthening, facilitating relationship brokering, and establishing peer-to-peer learning opportunities. This strategic area of focus is delivered by five strategic levers:
Lever 5.1: Strengthening the institutional capacity of the alliance as a global, country-focused outstanding organization.
Lever 5.2: Empowering the six founding organizations as leading youth-led/youth serving organizations.
Lever 5.3: Empowering the forty-eight County Affiliates as the leading and model county-based youth serving organizations in the country.
Lever 5.4: Financing community-led ecosystem restoration through the micro-grants and small grants program to the county affiliates and founding members.
Lever 5.5: Empowering directly the village-based youth self-help groups as the community eco-agri-preneurship focal points through well-designed innovative projects and mechanisms.