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A new app called THRIVE offers 60 nature-based solutions that can help improve people's lives across sub-Saharan Africa. It houses solutions that can be achieved by an individual or community, at the local scale.

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60 nature-based solutions to improve people’s lives

App offers step-by-step guide on how to protect and manage natural assets in cities across sub-Saharan Africa

Story highlights

  • Content on the app is based on a needs assessment and input from over 20 specialists
  • THRIVE can be downloaded for free via Google Play
  • The app was developed by ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center and funded by Sida through SwedBio and produced by Learnways

Africa is the world’s most rapidly urbanizing continent. Between 2000 and 2030 the urban population will more than double and the urban area will increase by more than 700 percent.

Swedbio, a knowledge interface at the Stockholm Resilience Centre which contributes to poverty alleviation, equity and sustainable livelihoods has helped ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center and Aurecon to develope a new app to build resilience of the urban poor in sub-Saharan cities in Africa.

60 nature-based solutions to improve people’s lives
The app, called THRIVE, is a step-by-step guide on how to implement 60 nature-based solutions for the protection and sustainable use of natural assets in cities across sub-Saharan Africa that can help improve people’s lives. The app houses solutions that can be achieved by an individual or community, at the local scale.

The guidelines are divided into six themes:

  • restoring soil
  • saving water
  • rehabilitating green spaces
  • producing food gardens
  • sustainable cooking and energy
  • preventing disease and disaster

The content is based on a needs assessment and input from over 20 specialists involved in the creation of Malawi’s Integrated Catchment Management Guidelines. These were created in consultation with many different stakeholders within the Malawi Government, Shire River Basin Management Program and stakeholders throughout Malawi.

Although the guidelines were created for the Malawian context, the final application content was compiled and adapted using numerous sources, including local input from each city participating in the Urban Natural Assets for Africa project.

User-friendly app for Androids
THRIVE was created for Android users – results from a survey of users showed that it was the most popular mobile operating system amongst the UNA Africa project participants. It was user tested with a core user-group of 30 participants from the UNA cities in order to ensure that it is a useful and user-friendly tool.

The application can be downloaded for free via Google Play, and is accompanied by a dedicated website and introductory animated video.

The app was funded by Sida through SwedBio and produced by Learnways.

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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