From hosting an event for Indigenous People’s Day to installing river monitoring equipment, hosting workshops on conservation agriculture and gender biases, securing new partnerships and distributing MORE cookstoves (over 250 000!), the K2C Team has been busy across our broad spectrum of projects and things do not look like they are slowing down! Read in more detail what our team and our partners have been up to since June.
Thanks as usual goes to all our funders, partners and supporters who make this work possible!
The K2C Team
K2C BR celebrates International Indigenous People’s Day with our Traditional Leaders!
- It was suggested that the WP considers using the term “Conservation for Sustainable use” to better integrate the concepts.
- The value of T.A. as a form of governance highlighted the need for T.A.’s to play a role in the transfer of IK.
- Concerns were raised regarding the effectiveness and legitimacy of the stakeholder engagement processes for the WP.
- The T.A.’s raised a concern that the failure of existing policies that led to the need of the W.P. were not made clear to them.
- There was concern that the WP does not take customs of the people into account, and in some cases put animals before people (This was raised in the context of the animal welfare sections of the WP).
- The definition of the term “Ubuntu” in the WP was questioned.
- The implementation of the WP was unclear and the T.A.’s emphasised the need for a policy that clearly outline and facilitate effective beneficiation from natural resources.
- The T.A.’s made it very clear that they wanted to be informed how their input will be incorporated into an updated draft policy paper.
- What processes should be in place to ensure inclusivity of traditional leaders, healers, and women in their contribution towards policy guidelines, strategies, and ultimately the satisfactory implementation of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of resources?
- We need to note there are female traditional leaders who govern some communities in this landscape. The inclusion of traditional leaders in discussions around biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of resources initiatives is very important, since they are the custodians of the land, and they can influence the implementation of activities that will ensure biodiversity conservation in their respective communities. (It is important for traditional authorities are given the opportunity to be heard and to engage).
- Women are vulnerable; therefore, they need to be exposed to more knowledge and opportunities so that they are empowered. Knowledge is power, and it also enables women to gain confidence in themselves and their abilities. Different outreach, capacity-building programmes, and training are some of the activities that provide empowerment and knowledge building to women. An example of these could be exposed to leadership, business, etc. These opportunities should be made visible, relevant, and accessible for women to participate.
AFR 100 in the K2C landscape
Monitoring Rivers in the K2C Biosphere
Conservation Compatible Agriculture Learning Colloquium
- The importance of timing in our climate and adapting to the challenges that it poses
- Understanding your market capabilities and opportunities available to you and your farm
- Understanding your market and the ability to grow crops according to their needs and not necessarily what your neighbour is growing or profiting from
- The importance of social capital and sharing resources
- Ability to implement regenerative farming principles supporting the sustainability of not only the individual farmer, but that of the community as a whole
- Understanding the importance of working toward food security on a national level and the role each individual farmer plays towards reaching those targets
DWS showcases viable Financial Instruments through CAPEX
Partnering with The Nature Conservancy to strengthen conservation efforts in the K2C
A gender perspective on the Waste Picking sector at the London Landfill site
- One of the waste pickers mentioned how women work four days per week due to social responsibilities and obligations such as having to tend to these other duties, which limits their time at the landfill site and leads to them earning less than men, who work on average five days per day.
- The Waste picker further alluded to conflicts that rise when trucks carrying loads of waste arrive at the site and dump waste. Both men and women compete for recyclable waste (e.g., PET bottles, plastic bags, White Paper, cardboard boxes and cans and many more), and in some cases, this results in violence. Subsequently, women waste reclaimers carry fewer bags than men due to the fear of being seen as an equal competitors in the physical scramble.
- In other incidents, women reclaimers stated how in the past they have collected heavy loads of recyclables in the interest of competing with the men for additional income yet imposing negatively on their health leading to in some cases severe injuries and physical health risks.
- The exposure of waste reclaimers to hazards such as violence, dust particles, harmful microbial substances and pests, and remnants of toxic emissions substances, affects their respiratory and fertility health. However only men seem to be given alternative positions that are less exposed, such as driving the delivery trucks, while women are only able to engage in activities directly involving waste picking.
Encouraging the participation of women waste pickers in the waste sector is a positive step towards creating gender equity. However, promoting equal prioritisation of waste reclaimers to protect them from gender-based violence and protect them against health risks and hazards, will be equally important. Initiating training on gender mainstreaming in the waste sector by bringing a gender focus into waste sector decision-making and policy setting as well as applying equal opportunities and recognition for both genders in waste picking will further improve the environment, and socio-economic sustainability in the waste sector and support Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender equality