Key presentations  on themes 

Opening plenary presentations 

  • KEPSA Foundation Natural Resources Forum (NAREF) – the way ahead: Mary Mutemi, Natural Resources Forum (NAREF) Coordinator
  • Summary of the outcomes of the Private Sector webinar: Jan Vandenabeele, Senior Director Forestry, Editor-in-Chief Miti magazine, Better Globe Forestry


Presentations were also centered on three thematic areas:

Theme 1: Private sector engagement in landscape restoration through CSI/CSR

  • Role of KTDA Foundation in restoration: George Oselu, Forest Manager, Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA)
  • Community engagement (projects done with communities): Tommaso Iser Menini, Founder and CEO of African Agency for Arid Resources Limited (Agar Ltd)
  • Schools Green Initiative Challenge: Anthony Igecha, Managing Trustee, KenGen Foundation
  • Save out water towers project: John Kariuki, BIDCO Africa Ltd
  • Role of SMEs in Landscape Restoration: Samuel Kabiru, Manager, The Land Accelerator, World Resource Institute, WRI Africa


Theme 2: Direct private sector engagement in landscape restoration

  • Indigenous pasture and fodder tree restoration in dryland ecosystems: Teddy Kinyanjui, Sustainability Director, Seedballs Kenya
  • The Importance of Soil Microbiology and Processes of Natural Succession in Restoration Projects; With a Key Focus on Profitable Agroforestry: Sven Verwiel, Managing Director, Linking Environment Agribusiness and Forestry (L.E.A.F) Africa
  • Rehabilitation of Arid Environments: Murray Roberts, The Rehabilitation of Arid Environments (RAE) Trust
  • Rehabilitation of mined landscapes: Nick Okello, Base Titanium


Theme 3: Plugging into climate action and associated opportunities

  • Shared Value Approach in restoration and climate change: Arnolda Shiundu, Head of Sustainability, Kenya Breweries Limited
  • Effectiveness of Community Forest Associations and Water Resource Users’ Associations in discharging their statutory functions-opportunities existing for land restoration: Patricia Mumbi, County Director of Environment and Research, Wangari Maathai Institution for Peace and Environment Kabete
  • Innovations That Farmers Can Work With To Enable Them Maintain/Sustain The Environment: Joseph Karuga, CEO Nyuki Hubs
  • Jennifer Merli, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Mastercard


Watch the entrepreneurship and business approaches in restoration webinar