Legado was born in Mozambique – one of the world’s poorest nations and home to thousands of unique species. Our flagship project on Mount Namuli, in northern Mozambique, engages world-renowned scientists, local community activists and conservation leaders to secure a vibrant future for the mountain and the people who depend on it.

Legado: Namuli aims to develop a community-based sustainable management system around Mount Namuli to conserve its rich and unique biodiversity as well as the critically important ecosystem services it provides to its surrounding inhabitants. Specifically, Legado: Namuli has the following ambitious goals:

  • By 2019, a diverse and appropriate set of stakeholders has adopted a legacy-driven plan that is advancing a thriving future for Namuli’s people and environment.
  • By 2025, a site-scale legacy-driven model for conservation and sustainable development has been piloted and refined such that it is realizing positive and significant outcomes and has generated learning that can inform similar efforts in other places.

Keeping with our aspiration that efforts to advance community protected areas on Namuli will generate learning and models that could support replication elsewhere, we employ best practices for community conservation, including from UNEP’s Community Conservation Area toolkit, Namati’s land protection toolkit, and Conservation International’s Conservation Steward’s Program model.

The Legado: Namuli Initiative applies the following core principles:

  • Legacy-driven leadership: We work with local organizations and communities to articulate and then fulfill their own vision for their future by providing technical assistance as well as opportunities for capacity-building.
  • Free, Prior, Informed Consent: We do not advance work with local organizations or communities unless they have agreed freely and with sufficient advance notice, consultation, and information.
  • Viable, durable livelihoods: Many conservation and development programs seek to provide “alternative livelihoods” to local communities to offset unsustainable practices. However, beyond alternative livelihoods, many communities want improvements, including greater income generation and stability. We aim to establish with communities livelihood practices that will meet their needs and aspirations and endure.
  • Realistic ambition: We have big goals regarding biodiversity health and well-being of communities but we also understand and continually remind our partners and funders that attainment of such goals takes time, careful and respectful process, attention to long-term sustainability, and adequate resourcing.
  • Design for impact: We apply best adaptive management to our work with an eye always on the end results of improved status of targeted biodiversity and of human livelihoods. This includes thoughtful strategic design and monitoring and evaluation that informs decision making and adaptation to achieve greater results.

Legado: Namuli grew from three main components that laid a solid foundation for growth to propel the initiative into the future. Click the buttons below to learn about each one.

Photography Credit: Rob Frost (all)