Nafeesa Esmail

Community Conservation Specialist, The Wilder Institute

About Nafeesa Esmail

I am an interdisciplinary conservation scientist, passionate about pragmatic win-win solutions for both nature and people. I'm interested in affecting evidence-based, proactive policy- and decision-making (especially through horizon scanning), as well sustainable and effective conservation strategies, particularly by unlocking entrepreneurial opportunities. A few of my current and previous projects involve biodiversity-friendly agriculture in Uganda; locally co-managed marine areas in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique; global illegal wildlife trade; human-wildlife conflicts in Zambia. I am a 2022 Women for the Environment Africa fellow, Kenyan EAGL member, IUCN WCPA member and an Oxford Saïd Business School Ideas2Impact fellow. 

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Livelihood, Economic & Moral Incentive Research Partnerships and collaboration development Project/programme management

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Recent Comments

Apr 22, 2022
Replying to Alan J. Hesse

Hi Nafeesa, 

I'm very pleased to see your post about climate education because this is now my main area of interest. I haven't yet developed any curriculum myself, but I do know of a number of resources for learning about climate change, which I could point you to. In terms of actual contributions I author educational graphic novels about Climate Change, and these and associated projects and products make up my line of action in this regard. I don't have anything specific to sub-saharan Africa but happy to have a chat anyway if you would like to. 

Thanks so much, this is a great start. The tentative plan is to pull something together and then adapt to context by adding local examples etc, ideally with the help of local youth

Apr 21, 2022
Replying to Sarah Humphrys

Hello @Nafeesa Esmail - I'm a co-founder of an education-to-action organisation called AimHi Earth. We're on a mission to provide everyone with the essential understanding, skills and ideas to overcome the climate and nature crisis and ensure a healthier, fairer, more prosperous future. We develop accessible climate training so that everyone fully understands the key climate concepts, is equipped to communicate about them with impact and is empowered to make a difference (as an individual and a collective). 

We offer training for teachers, employees and basically everyone honestly! We're also doing a public masterclass tonight if you'd like to check it out and come along

We're working with a group in Nairobi on adapting our sessions for students in Kenya, but haven't worked in Uganda yet... Let me have a think of who else might be helpful. 

Hi Sarah! This is all super super useful, thank you very much! Let me look into all of this a bit more and speak with the NGO again and will get back to you if an introduction would be useful! 

Apr 20, 2022
Replying to Alan J. Hesse

Hi Nafeesa, 

I'm very pleased to see your post about climate education because this is now my main area of interest. I haven't yet developed any curriculum myself, but I do know of a number of resources for learning about climate change, which I could point you to. In terms of actual contributions I author educational graphic novels about Climate Change, and these and associated projects and products make up my line of action in this regard. I don't have anything specific to sub-saharan Africa but happy to have a chat anyway if you would like to. 

Great, thank you, Alan! If you could please point me to the resources you mention, that'd be great - either here, as a direct message or email - whichever you prefer! 

Apr 20, 2022
Replying to Aiita Joshua Apamaku

Hi Nafeesa! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been involved in related programs (but not necessarily full curricular). I also do know some folks who’ve been doing same or something similar. 
Happy to contribute. 

Fantastic! Thank you, I'll be in touch :) 

Apr 20, 2022
Replying to Thirza Loffeld

Thanks for sharing your request, Nafeesa! Let me link some people into the conversation who may be able to help you further. @Aiita Joshua Apamaku , @Madina Amin Hussein , @Natukunda Irene Kananura , @Boka Kondua Dieuleveut, @Alan J. Hesse@Sarah Humphrys , @Kate Vannelli : could you please help Nafeesa with her above question? Many thanks in advance! 

Thank you, Thirza!