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Garissa’s ‘Miticash’ Conservation Project Shortlisted For Global Gender Climate Award

The school green program empowers school children in forest conservation

By Winnie Kabintie

Miticash, a project by Global Nature Conservation, which seeks to empower women and smallscale farmers to contribute to climate change mitigation, adaptation and food security, has been shortlisted for the Just Climate Solutions’ Awards.

The Gender Justice Climate Solution Award is run by Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), which is one of the nine stakeholder groups of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The awards aim to showcase real solutions for a more just, equal and healthy planet and target all types of activist, grassroots and women-led organizations and groups working on issues related to climate change.

According to WGC, gender equality and women’s human rights are fundamental to combating climate change.

Just Climate Solutions’ Awards

Three top winners of the award receive €2000 Euro, travel support to attend COP, and mentorship opportunities – while runners-up are showcased in a publication, online platform and awards ceremony.

Last year’s winners were Trupti Jain (Naireeta Services), India, Clive Chibule (Green living Movement), Zambia, Dorothee Lisenga (CFLEDD), Congo DRC.

Madina Amin, Founder, and Director Global Nature Conservation

According to Miticash, their project targets women because they “play a crucial role in natural resources management yet they bear the brunt and are disproportionately affected by the negative impact of climate change”.

We work to ensure that women become independent decision-makers and drivers of the economy. Through the training we provide, the women in Garissa county have been able to get knowledge and skills to grow drought-tolerant crops, which has allowed them to get food throughout the year,” Said Madina Amin, Founder and Director Global Nature Conservation.

Global Nature Conservation also runs the School Green Program, which explores innovative ways of forest conservation by engaging school children in forest conservation.

“We donate trees seedlings to schools and encourage each student to adopt and nurture a tree until they leave the school, which has promoted environmental enthusiast children,” Ms Madina.

“I’m happy that our project was shortlisted, it will give us a platform to network with others and find possible opportunities to scale up our work,” She added.

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