ABOUT NEFOS KENYA
Network for Environment and Food Security is a leading not-for-profit environmental organization on a mission to protect our environment and promote food security by engaging communities in identifying local solutions to local climatic challenges.
NETWORK FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FOOD SECURITY (NEFOS-KENYA) is a Non-Profit Community focused organization officially registered with the Kenyan Ministry of social services. NEFOS works with and enjoys support from the community and stakeholders in all its conservation activities around the country.
NEFOS approaches are bottom-up (or grass-root) activities that bring individuals and organizations together to work towards achieving desired environmental goals. These approaches are fueled by a community force that exerts pressure on government agencies. Commonly referred to as localization or subsidiarity this force reflects peoples’ desire for a greater say in issues that affect them. While government agencies may set strategies and prepare plans and policies, their ultimate success depends on the support of a wide spectrum of society, so this desire for involvement needs to be acknowledged and acted upon.
People are usually proactive in protecting things of value to them, and it is in this context that biodiversity conservation initiatives have to be understood. Community-based environmental conservation seems compelling because it starts from the most fundamental principle: individuals will take care of those things in which they have a long-run, sustained interest.
The rationale behind NEFOS is that, by working together, people are able to achieve more than individuals or organizations working on their own, and involving those affected is likely to result in a better and more acceptable long-term solution. These desired outcomes have led to increased acknowledgment of participatory activities as a means of achieving environmental and sustainability goals.
NEFOS operates at a local or community level. NEFOS tends to be voluntary, people-centered and participatory, with community members making management decisions. Expertise may be provided by outside agencies but management responsibility remains with the community group.
Community-based environmental conservation reverses top-down, center-driven conservation by focusing on the people who bear the costs of conservation. In the broadest sense, then, community-based environmental conservation includes natural resource or biodiversity protection by, for, and with local communities.
Our vision is of a world where everyone’s needs are met in a way which safeguards the future of the environment. We campaign for a world where environmental protection, social justice and economic welfare for all people, go hand in hand. Through our local, national and international networks, we work with the community to communicate, raise awareness, put forward alternatives and take action. Our philosophy and practice is grounded in our messaging ‘mobilise, resist, transform’.
The alternative we seek to implement is a sustainable society. This involves a reliance on the use of renewable resources which are equitably distributed. It involves the recognition that there is an inextricable link between people and the environment.
NEFOS recognizes that organised resistance and action are necessary catalysts for environmental, economic and social change. Such action is essential if we are to achieve a sustainable society based on the equitable distribution of resources and power and recognition of the rights of all people. Friends of the Earth Australia seeks to develop strong relations with environmental and social justice movements in all parts of the world and is committed to a set of objectives which guide our activities.
The objectives of NEFOS KENYA shall be:
1. Work with stakeholders in developing policy frameworks for environmental restoration and conservation
2. To conserve, restore and protect the ecosphere.
3. To create a movement of change that recognizes ecological sustainability and social justice are indivisible.
4. To preserve the natural environment in Kenya and around East Africa;
5. To promote public awareness of environmental issues in Kenya, through promoting public awareness, direct action activities and the production of educational and community materials
6. To assist other people and organizations interested in these objectives to carry out their tasks through the maintenance of resource centres, newsletters, magazines and communication with like-minded national and international bodies
NEFOS sees that pursuing environmental protection is inseparable from broader social justice concerns, and as a result uses an environmental justice perspective in its campaigning. A strong social perspective means NEFOS is well placed to develop alliances at the grassroots level with other organizations and communities.