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AFAS Stakeholder Workshop – Nairobi 2022

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On 22 and 23 November 2022, our AFAS Stakeholder Workshop was held at the Mövenpick Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The workshop was titled “Co-designing Science-Policy-Practice Interfaces (SPPIs) to Support Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in Africa’s Savanna Regions”. We wanted to bring together stakeholders from science, policy and practice to grasp their perspectives on our thematic focus topics – and especially to get their feedback in order to fine-tune our Master Curriculum.

Our main objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Introduce the partners in Kenya to the AFAS project.
  2. Exchange existing knowledge and initiatives on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and challenges / lessons learnt.
  3. Explore uptake and upscaling of innovative NbS in the Science-Policy-Practice-Interface (SPPI) and discuss strategies for strengthening the SPPI to underpin sustainable development, climate resilience and livelihoods in the savanna regions.
  4. Identify effective skills and competencies needed for implementing and managing climate and environment programs and interventions, to be included in the AFAS-curriculum.
  5. Establish a network of NbS actors in Kenya.

We would like to thank all participants for their active participation during the two workshop days. Their contributions, in the break-out and plenary sessions as well as during the students’ project presentations, were very fruitful. We find the workshop a great success.