SDG YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Jacinta Ruguru

Youth Ambassador for Kenya

Ondiri Swamp Wetland.

Accomplishment to date:

On the SDG Youth Ambassador Program Jacinta regularly contributes to the weekly research reports on wetlands within Kenya and has identified a number of social, economic and environmental challenges facing local communities within her country.

Current Status:

Applying for a Masters Degree Scholarship through NET Africa in order to continue research in wetlands.

Wetland Focus:

Ondiri Swamp, located in Kikuyu town, forming the headwaters of the Nairobi River.

 

Key Benefits of the wetland:

Ondiri Swamp is also a crucial breeding site for insects, crustaceans, and amphibians, which in turn provide food for breeding and migrating birds. The locals' abstract water from the swamp for irrigation and domestic purposes. Vegetation is harvested and used mainly as forage for livestock, which is also sold. The swamp is an important source of horticultural products. The main stakeholders that use the wetland include farmers, learning institutions, hospitals, and the local community.  The wetland feeds the city residents and the locals.

 

Main Challenges facing the Ondiri Swamp

Research conducted by Jacinta concluded that human activities like intensive agriculture, urbanization, and human settlement have led to the loss of ecosystem and disappearance of the plants, birds and other life forms associated with the Ondiri Swamp. The use of fertilizers and manures in the catchment has resulted in excessive growth of algae, which kills wetland organisms.

 

The solution to address current challenges.  Jacinta concluded that there should be forms of extension services put in place to create awareness among the locals to promote sustainable wetland management and involvement of the community in conservation and management activities.

 

September 2019 - Response from NET Africa.

To develop the Ondiri Swamp Wetland Restoration Program with the aim of achieving the following:-

 

INPUT

 

(1) Biodiversity Assessment plan to include (not exhaustive):-

- promote the recovery of threatened species, with a focus on plants, birds and other forms of life.

- identify legislation and/or other regulatory provisions for the protection of threatened species?

 

(2) Social Impact Management Plan to include (not exhaustive):-

- Local community profiling.

- Thorough stakeholder analysis.

- Social political setting.

- Assessment of differing needs,

interests, values, and aspirations of the various subgroups of the affected communities.

- Strengths and weaknesses of the communities.

 

(3) Capital Asset Assessment

- Natural Capital - (food, soil, water,  agricultural resources).

- Physical Capital - (physical capital owned by the community or local government such as hospitals, schools, factories).

- Financial Capital - (savings and access to credit, debit or mortgage).

- Human Capital - (knowledge, skill, formal education, health and nutrition, motivation and aptitude).

- Social Capital -  (social network).

- Political Capital - (efficiency of functioning - rules, regulations, and enforcement).

- Cultural Capital - (ecological traditional knowledge, wellbeing,  social inclusion, cultural values, cultural freedoms of expression, voice and identity, creativity and, innovation).

 

PROJECTED OUTCOME

 

(4) To promote the wise use of the wetland, to include (but not exhaustive):-

i. Increase in the maintenance of species diversity, size of
wetland area, and water quality;
ii. Resource use is sustainable;
iii. the precautionary principle is being applied;
iv. Cost-benefit analyses consider wetland functional values;
v. The participatory process takes a catchment perspective and
decisions within that framework consider what is best for the
wetland(s); and
vi. Degradation of wetlands has been replaced by efforts to restore and rehabilitate them.

 

PLANNING PHASE: September 2019

 

IMPLEMENTATION PHASE: September 2020 - September 2021

Henry Gandhi

Regional  Ambassador for Kenya

About the Ambassador Program - I moved from MSc. Chemistry to Masters of Climate Change Adaptation, scheduled to end next year December 2020.  I'm pursuing it at the Institute for Climate Change Adaptation, University of Nairobi. I must admit that huge part of the inspiration to pursue a Masters of Climate Change Adaptation came from my experience at NET AFRICA. 

Accomplishment to date: On the SDG Youth Ambassador Program Henry regularly contributes to the weekly research reports. Representing NET Africa at conferences in Kenya, submitting research papers to conferences about wetlands.

Current Status:

Studying for a Masters of Climate Change Adaptation, with research-based in the Sio Siteko Wetland through NET Africa as an early career researcher.

Challenges: To develop a small committed team.

Susan Gathigia

Renewable Energy  Ambassador for Kenya - "I opine that women are not able to compete against their male counterparts in the Energy sector because they do not see themselves as key stakeholders at the top of the energy access value chain. Factors attributable to this are within the crevices of an overwhelmingly patriarchal system and social norms which reinforce that women only interact energy as consumers not drivers of country-wide policies and this is what needs to change."

Accomplishment to date: On the SDG Ambassador Program Susan has contributed to the weekly research report, an article titled, 'What happened to our power - the gender lens on Kenya's Energy Sector.

 

Renewable Energy Focus: NET Africa will provide funding opportunities that focus on promoting women in the environment, with a particular focus on women in renewable energy.

Current Status: Board Advisor on our Women's Investment Advisory Committee.

Amro Selim (Elmoustkbal media) SDG Media Ambassador for Egypt - 'The mainstream media and press in Egypt do not effectively raise awareness about the importance of SDGs.  It is extremely important that Egyptian people understand how climate change could affect their daily lives. However, there is hope that awareness about the sustainable development goals could be achieved through social media, through independent youth awareness campaigns aimed at educating citizens about the impact of the SDGs on their economic, social, cultural and wellbeing.'

 

Accomplishment to date:

A signed memorandum of understanding/contract between NET Africa and Elmoustkbal media for rasing awareness about SDGs and young people:-

1- Exchange of Publishing articles and press stories between (Elmoustkbal for media, policy and strategic studies – Egyptian company and Net Africa).
2-Mutual Publishing of activities and public Events between (Elmoustkbal for media, policy and strategic studies (Egyptian company) and Net Africa.
3- Exchange of Educational Press Materials that are useful in developing skills of journalists Between (Elmoustkbal for media, policy and strategic studies (Egyptian company) and Net Africa.
4- Making joint Media campaigns, through Social and New media Tools on subjects agreed between (Elmoustkbal for media, policy and strategic studies (Egyptian company) and Net Africa..
5- Organize live chats through social media for Press educational and professional development from between (Elmoustkbal for media, policy and strategic studies (Egyptian company) and Net Africa.
6- Provide Press support in conferences and between (Elmoustkbal for media, policy and strategic studies (Egyptian company) and Net Africa.
7- Participation in the activities and activities organized by each of them such as festivals, forums and media seminars between (Elmoustkbal for media, policy and strategic studies (Egyptian company) and Net Africa.
8- Exchange of advice and expertise in press matters between (Elmoustkbal for media, policy and strategic studies (Egyptian company) and Net Africa.
9- Organizing contests to public and professional between (Elmoustkbal for media, policy and strategic studies (Egyptian company) and Net Africa.
10- Organizing Professional Cooperation Between Two Sides for Making online press courses for those who need them.

Caroline Mwebaza

Youth Ambassador for Uganda: Solar Health Uganda

 

Wetland Focus:
The Wetlands and their locations are,
1.      Kinawataka wetland in Kampala
2.      Mayanja Kato wetland in Wakiso
3.      Lwajjali wetland in Mukono
4.      Nabajjuzi wetland in Masaka
5.      Nakivale wetland in Isingiro

 

Accomplishment to date:

On the SDG Youth Ambassador Program Caroline has contributed to the weekly research report on wetlands within Uganda and has identified a number of social, economic and environmental challenges facing local communities within her country.

Current Status:

Applying for a Masters Degree Scholarship through NET Africa in order to continue research in wetlands.

 

 

Wole Adebbule

Regional  Ambassador for Nigeria

Wetland Focus:

Ayedaade Wetland, Osun State, Nigeria

 

Accomplishment to date:

On the SDG Youth Ambassador Program Wole has contributed to the weekly research report on wetlands within Nigeria and has identified a number of social, economic and environmental challenges facing local communities within his country.

Current Status:

Applying for a Masters Degree Scholarship through NET Africa in order to continue research in wetlands.

 

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