Welcome to our scholars on the NbS Foundation Course

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Announcing our Scholarship Award winners for the September 2023 ‘Nature-based Solutions to Global Challenges Foundation Course’

We warmly welcome six scholars to our executive education foundation course on nature-based solutions! We have much to learn from you. Our scholars join a diverse cohort of participants from all over the world and across different public and private sectors.

Enock Kiminta (Kenya)

Enoch is a freshwater specialist from Kenya, a water scarce country with myriad water challenges. Nature-based solutions are proving the best interventions in addressing these challenges and Enoch is taking part in the course to learn more about them.

Amanda Abiella Resmana (Indonesia)

Amanda studied environmental engineering and currently works as an analyst at Kopernik, an NGO based in Indonesia that serves as an R&D Lab for social and environmental challenges. She researches various environmental issues in underserved communities, including climate-vulnerable communities, clean water, water pollution, and marine litter. Additionally, she conducts lean experimentation of appropriate technologies and potential frameworks. Through her work, Amanda is exposed to both ecological and communal resiliency, which is why she is enthralled to learn how Nature-based solutions can be best implemented, and how its impacts can be felt in local communities through NGOs and other collective efforts.

Moses Njiwawo (Malawi)

Moses is analytical coordinator with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and currently pursuing an MSc in Forestry and Environmental Management at Mzuzu University in Malawi. With over 10 years of experience in tropical forest management, he works as a Forestry Technician for the Malawian Department of Forestry, specializing in Forest Development and Management. Moses’ focus lies in developing plans and ensuring efficient implementation of social and plantation forestry practices, environmental standards, and management strategies to support sustainable resource utilization and benefit rural communities. Passionate about addressing climate change, disaster resilience, and biodiversity loss, he is an advocate for nature-based solutions to foster a more sustainable and resilient world, aligning with Agenda 2030 goals.

Prabhat Pal (Nepal)

Prabhat is a Watershed Management Officer in Sudurpaschim Province under the President Chure Terai Madhesh Conservation Development Board. Tasked with conserving the vital Chure region, Prabhat addresses climate-amplified disasters by applying integrated strategies for land, water, biodiversity, and livelihood management. Budget constraints have hindered conventional measures, prompting Prabhat to champion nature-based alternatives like bamboo check dams and bio-engineered embankments. With a decade’s experience, Prabhat sees nature-based solutions as crucial and finds value in a comprehensive course offering theoretical grounding, policy analysis, and financing insight. This platform fosters diverse connections and aligns with Prabhat’s drive to mitigate climate impacts effectively.

Patience Tanwani (Cameroon)

Patience is a lecturer of Biodiversity and Climate Change in the Department of Environmental Management at Fobang Institute for Innovation in Science and Technology, FINISTECH. She is the coordinator of Environmental club activities at Government Bilingual High School Yaounde and a member of the Technical working group on Climate Smart Agriculture at CAMFASS and a partner of DEN PLANET, an environmental NGO. Patience was trained as a Botanist at the University of Buea. She took an interest in climate resilient measures which let her to further her studies at University of Reading, where she studied Climate Change and Development. Her research interest is in improving climate resilience through Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture, PICSA.


Berenice Hernández Toro (Mexico)

Berenice works in long term planning for low-carbon development, multilateral financing, carbon markets and structuring public projects for sustainable forest management, biodiversity, and climate change. She is a member of an indigenous forestry community called Capulálpam de Méndez in Oaxaca, Mexico. She hopes that the Nature Based Solutions to Global Challenges Foundation Course will further her knowledge and skills to contribute to advance the international financial architecture channelling of financial resources directly to the local and indigenous communities.

Abebe Tesfaye Tadele (Ethiopia)

Abebe is an environmental professional with over twelve years professional experience in NGOs. He has worked as community development facilitator, Cluster REDD+ facilitator and community capacity building specialist, field project officer and project coordinator for participatory forest management, REDD+, RESET II and forests for sustainable development programme respectively. Currently, he is project coordinator for ‘Improvement of the livelihoods of the smallholder farmers by increasing agricultural production and productivity’ project.

Meenal Tapati (India)

Meenal Tatpati is a Lawyer whose work focuses on areas of law and environmental jurisprudence of forests in India, pastoralism, indigenous and local worldviews, developmental projects and protected areas and people interface. She works with the Raika herders and other communities in Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan and is also a member of Kalpavriksh, Pune.


Find out more and apply for the next course intake here.