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Legado 2022

Co-Creating Thriving
Futures That Matter


...Each step of the way, Legado lives and breathes co-creation.

I joined Legado in September of 2021 and it has been a whirl of legacy building and learning across Mozambique, Kenya, and Peru. I would not have it any other way.

I have spent my career building connections with local communities and indigenous peoples and supporting them to be in the lead on their solutions to thrive. From 2005 to 2022 that work took place primarily in the Andes Amazon— a place to which I am so honored to lead Legado for our newest partnership with the indigenous communities circling the Machiguenga Communal Reserve in Peru.

What drew me to Legado was the tenacity, energy, and humility of the team. The team is driven by their personal legacies to co-create with indigenous and local community partners and is constantly learning from our allies’ locally-led systems for sustained collective action. At every level, Legado takes an interconnected approach that is scalable and adaptable to many geographies.

Each step of the way, Legado lives and breathes co-creation —with our indigenous and local community partners, with our organizational partners, with our team. For Legado, for me, co-creation is about meeting people human to human and supporting a diverse group of people to align together. We do this in people’s home villages, in their central convening locations and get to them by boat, motorbike— you name it. To work with community members, partner organizations, government agencies— everyone to be on the same page of the vision which is written, first and foremost, by indigenous peoples and local communities. It’s an honor to share with you what this looked like in 2022. Thank you for your support as we create lasting relationships to help sustain our world.

Dr. Tita Alvira
Global Director of Thriving Futures

Our Impact

The result of Legado’s Thriving Future Model is that power is in the hands of local communities to develop and implement sustainable solutions that are relevant to the challenges they face.


of community members feel strongly united with their community


participating communities


community priorities completed by 2022, 40% on track for completion in 2023, 10% on track for completion in 2024


Partners Using the Legado Model to Build Thriving Futures


of convening attendees with personal and community legaciesdefined


Lives impacted

    Legado & the Power of Legacy

    In 2022, we released our new 4-minute film, Legacy, which showcases the true power of legacies and what it takes to build Thriving Futures around the world. Shot in Mozambique and Kenya by Roshni Lodhia, Legacy features Mayanae Lemojong and Inácio Josefe Napalacué, two of our key locally-based community ambassadors.

    The Power of Thriving Futures

    At Legado, we work alongside indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in centers of key global biodiversity to ensure they have the tools, resources, and partnerships they need to design and implement solutions of their choosing that benefit both their communities and their landscapes—an outcome we call Thriving Futures.

    The goal is to build a locally-led system for sustained co llective action that fosters adaptability and resilience for meeting current and future challenges.

    Explore the slide deck below for a deep dive into how our Thriving Futures approach works.

    We are working to ensure that by 2030 we are co-creating Thriving Futures with indigenous peoples and local communities in more than a dozen high value landscapes around the world.

    Here is Where we Are Co-Creating
    Thriving Futures Today



    In each of our program areas, we partner with a local organization(s) to co-create Thriving Futures with the indigenous people and local communities with whom they collaborate. See the highlights from our partnerships below.




    Legado:Namuli is Legado's flagship program working with the Lomwe communities encircling Mount Namuli, Mozambique — a key biodiversity area.

    In 2014, we brought together local community activists, world-renowned scientists, Mozambican conservation leaders, and an international climbing team to collectively support Namuli’s Lomwe communities in securing a thriving future for Namuli and the people who depend on it. It was here that Legado’s work to activate the power of legacy was born.

    Today, the Legado:Namuli team works with 8 communities and 24,000 people on the mountain to realize the legacies they have defined. Our partners in this work are Namuli Wiwanana (which translates from Lomwe to “Namuli, together”), a growing Mozambican organization that champions a community-first approach to conservation and development and Nitidae, an organization who supports agricultural and non-timber value-chains.


    Mount Namuli is the ancestral home to the Lomwe people. It is also designated as a Level 1 Priority Key Biodiversity Area by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, an Important Bird Area, an Important Plant Area, and an Alliance for Zero Extinction site. The mountain also serves as the headwaters for the two largest rivers in the region, supplying water to hundreds of thousands of people. It is also the ancestral home to the Lomwe people.

    The Namuli communities and their vision for their future shaped what Legado does today, both on Namuli and in our partnerships in Kenya and Peru. As such, 2022 was a year to collaborate with our Namuli community partners to determine what Legado Thriving Future programming they want to pursue next. Our Namuli partnership is both an in-process example of what community-led Thriving Futures look like and a partnership that is using new Thriving Future tools to continue to articulate next steps.

    Please visit the Legado:Namuli page for more details on the overall program.

    Legado:Namuli’s Thriving Future Timeline


    January: Land Tenure with Women in the Lead


    In 2021, the major milestone of titling 100% of community land was achieved, and in early 2022, Namuli communities formally delivered the outstanding land title certificates to communities and individual households to conclude this initiative. Land tenure is critical for granting local communities the authority to freely use the land as they see fit. Given the Lomwe people's matrilineal inheritance, it also benefited women in a significant way. Of the 4,841 titles that were formalized for individuals, 69% of these were issued in a woman’s name. This work was led by our consortium partner Nitidae and is the critical groundwork to support communities to both create a Community Conservation Area and to advance their other Thriving Future goals.

    Read more about Namuli Communities Landmark Titles Over Ancestral Land

    Feb-March: Mobilizing Legacys to Protect From Fire


    Strategic planning with Namuli’s Natural Resource Management Committees and our partner Nitidae as we work together toward key priorities for Namuli communities, including mitigating the impacts of wildfires that devastate the land from late August to October each year and tree planting campaigns in coordination with community nurseries. 



    “To develop our communities we need to come together to dream and make a plan with clear goals to achieve those dreams”

    Creating space for reflection and learning to further develop Legado’s legacy program was especially important this year as we planned for a new phase of our work to determine what portion of Legado’s Thriving Future programming Namuli communities wanted to pursue next.

    “The learnings on legacy, vision, and goals, are something I will never forget. To develop our communities we need to come together to dream and make a plan with clear goals to achieve those dreams. Legado facilitates meetings with communities that are the foundation for this. And it is a good thing to include not only the communities but other leaders in different sectors in our district so we can move forward together. I’m optimistic!”
    — Jeremias Calado, School Director and Head Chief of Mucunha-sede, Mozambique

    July: Community-First Community Planning

    One of the tenets of our work is to ensure that all community members involved with Legado:Namuli have articulated personal legacies and goals they will work towards for the benefit of their families, their communities and the places they call home. We believe that personal legacies fuel community legacies and action and, in mid-2022, we conducted interviews with key individuals who have been the most involved in our program to further understand their views on the impact of legacy on individual agency, leadership, and collective action. Creating this space for reflection and learning on legacy was especially important this year as Legado’s legacy program, created and crafted with our community partners on Namuli is now operating in Kenya and Peru.

    Sept-Nov: Understanding The Impact of 6 Years of Legacy Building


    “One of the most important things I did this year was take part in an impact assessment exploring Legado’s legacy activities over the past years with the Namuli communities. Our team visited with groups of community members and with families in their homes, and learned about people’s visions and goals, hearing about the unique ways in which each of them cares for the health of the environment and the development of their community. This allowed me to witness first hand the positive impact of our legacy work on their lives. I feel energized for the next phases of community planning together with communities!”
    — Kassia Macassa, TFM/Legado Assistant Coordinator & Deputy Program Lead, Mozambique

    Oct-Dec: Community Convenings to map each village’s unique assets and challenges.

    The core of our work is supporting Namuli communities as they create and implement community-led plans for creating a Thriving Future—where their families, communities and landscape can thrive. Legado:Namuli begins this process with multi-day Community Convenings held at the village level to support people to map their assets to ensure that the priorities they identify build on current strengths and account for current challenges across health, education, livelihoods, governance, conservation, and culture. Each convening requires days of preparation by the Legado:Namuli and Namuli Wiwanana team and with community members, and it is led in Lomwe with support from committed community members from each village. In 2022, 75% of the initial sessions were conducted to prepare for the Namuli Community Legacy Plan process which will take place across 2023.



    “A Legacy Plan is a tool of great importance for a community. The process of building such a plan is something that makes people identify what they want, what they do best, as well as their challenges and how to come together to overcome them using the resources and talents that exist within the community. Namuli has shaped my life, and the Namuli communities are proud to be children of Mount Namuli. This planning process is also about them claiming their right to have an active and decisive role in their own development.”
    — Gálio Felizardo Zecas, TFM/Legado Community Thriving Futures Coordinator, Mozambique



      Yiasim Ee Ngilai, which translates from Samburu to “Legacy For Ngilai,” is a project created in collaboration between the Ngilai community and Legado.

      In 2021, we partnered with the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) to bring our legacy approach to communities in Northern Kenya and augment NRT's community engagement process. We aim to use our model to jumpstart community collaboration and action to create a path toward Thriving Futures™ across 43 conservancies in the region.

      We began our work with the Ngilai Community Conservancy, home to over 11,000 Samburu people who are an indigenous, semi-nomadic tribe, as well as to the Mathews Range, a biodiverse sky island and one of the region's last remaining tracts of forest. Ngilai’s expansive rangelands are critical to the Samburu’s pastoralist way of life and the forest provides essential ecological services to its residents and tens of thousands more people in the surrounding landscape. Ngilai is also home to some of East Africa’s most iconic wildlife.

      Please visit the Legado:Ngilai page for more details on the overall program.


      Legado:Ngilai’s Thriving Future Timeline


      January: Commitment to Partnership

      “I made a move in January 2023 from Zimbabwe to settle in Samburu, Northern Kenya. It has been a challenging and beautifully rewarding journey personally and professionally. We close the year on a high in Ngilai, with a validated and completed Legacy Plan for the community– Yiasim ee Ngilai. This is a first of its kind, where communities have defined their vision for a Thriving Future and are leading in making that vision a reality by implementing holistic priorities in education, peoples’ and environmental health. I celebrate, cheer on and support the community in implementing their plan. I look forward to a new cycle of work in 2023, where we will embark on a similar and upgraded journey with the Westgate Community to define their legacy and priorities for action.” —Dr. Monicah Mbiba, Legado Senior Program Manager, Kenya


      An important tenet of Legado's Thriving Futures model is building consensus within communities around the priorities that they want to achieve. The Yaisim ee Ngilai collaboration hosted 13 meetings over 4 months involving 20 villages, drawing nearly 2,000 people into direct collaboration on the Ngilai vision and priorities. In addition to community members, the process brought together current and potential partners from local government sectors and regional support organizations to support Ngilai’s priorities.

      March: Community Initiatives

      "Our partnership with Legado brought a change in our community in many ways. One of them is that many people are motivated to plant trees now. This started in our legacy workshop when we have decided to take initiative as a community– we will get indigenous trees for every homestead to plant. Since then Andrew, (Ngilai’s Thriving Futures Ambassador, born and raised in Ndikir village) has been sharing more about legacy with the youths in Ngilai, and getting the community motivated to move forward with our priority to restore our riverbeds. Now we are choosing our trees— focusing on drought resistant trees such as the Mwarubaini tree species (Neem tree, Azadirachta indica)." —Francis Learka, Community Leader Ngilai


      The most significant milestone of 2022 was supporting the Ngilai communities to complete their first-ever Legacy Plan, showcasing their year-long process to gather their community from far and wide and identify their vision for a future that matters to their people and their place on their terms. Identified community goals include gaining equitable access to health services, increasing access to basic education, and supporting a healthy Mathews Forest and surrounding rangelands—all critical to Ngilai's self-identified Thriving Future.


      One of Ngliai’s key goals is to “Increase access to healthcare while respecting the culture of Samburu medicine.” To achieve that goal, their first priority was to construct and maintain a maternity shelter for birthing mothers to use during their last stage of pregnancy adjacent to the Lolkuniyani Dispensary (clinic) in Ngilai. Led by Roseline Lororua, local nurse and community Legacy Plan champion, the community created a proposal to purchase necessary materials and buy food to support the community members labor to build the shelter. Over 35 people (70% of them women) then worked together to gather materials and build the walls, roof, and floor of the shelter. The community's contribution was supported by a local construction worker and the Ngilai Thriving Futures ambassador, who is the lead on priority implementation for the Ngilai Legacy Plan. The main structure is now complete and its doors will be open to welcome the first mother soon. The successful completion of this priority creates the energy to catalyze subsequent priorities.

      Oct: Committed to implementing remaining priorities


      “I am committed to continue supporting my community in implementing the remaining priorities”

      "I am happy and impressed with our progress for 2022, especially to see Ngilai community members making commitments and working together to implement priorities. In Lolkuniyani, 35 community members, mostly women, committed themselves to build the maternal shelter. For next year, I am looking forward to our new work in Westgate , after the community members welcomed and showed great interest in our work during our initial FPIC meeting. I am also committed to continue supporting my community in implementing the remaining priorities on education and livelihoods." —Andrew Lenanyokie, Thriving Futures Ambassador and Ngilai Community Member

      Nov: this is part of my legacy

      “Seeing us work together as a community to construct the maternity shelter gets me motivated. Now, even if I leave Lolkuniyani Dispensary, I will know that we accomplished something big— this is part of my legacy. The women leading in the construction are motivated to build, contribute resources, and the women who are with us are looking forward to delivering their future babies at the facility and encouraging others in the community to do so. The initiative will help us greatly. My dream for the future is that we get support to put a maternity ward here. I have been in conservation with government officials to make this happen.” —Roseline Lororua Nurse in Charge, Lolkuniyani Dispensary, Ngilai. (Roseline grew up in Ngilai and is the leader on the implementation of the area’s new maternity shelter)

      Dec: A truly inclusive participatory process


      “For the last two years, Legado partnered with Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) to support Thriving Futures by using the power of Legacy in Ngilai and Westgate Conservancies in Northern Kenya, Samburu County. I am happy to have been part of this process. What I liked most about Legado’s approach is that it is a truly inclusive participatory process for communities to build their Thriving Futures through action oriented priorities, by activating personal and community legacies which have the power to drive resilient grassroots change. Through this process, almost 2,000 people have been directly engaged in Ngilai and the plan was adopted by the whole 11,000 person community. This process has enabled communities to identify their key priorities of good governance, education, health, and protection of their biodiversity. I look forward to the expansion of this program to cover the rest of the conservancies in this region.”

      — Burton Lenanyokie, Director, Northern Rangelands Trust Centre and member of the Ngilai community from Lturoto village, Kenya



        Futuros Vivos: Machiguenga is a program to co-create Thriving Futures with the indigenous peoples stewarding the Machiguenga Communal Reserve.

        Futuros Vivos: Machiguenga is a collaboration between the ECA Maeni (the Indigenous co-management entity of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve), the Machiguenga Communal Reserve team of the National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), and Legado. The program is a multi-year partnership to work with Indigenous peoples of the Asháninkas, Matsigenkas, Yine Yami, Quechua, and Kakinte—key stewards of the Andes-Amazon.

        The Machiguenga Communal Reserve itself includes the Amazon rainforest at the foot of the Andes, Yungas on the steep mountain slopes with cloud forests, and the high-elevation region in the Andes mountain range and is home to endangered jaguar and spectacled bear as well as six endangered species of macaw and tapir, deer, wooly spider monkey, and other important species. It’s also a central corridor of the Avireri-Vraem Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

        Please visit the Futuros Vivos: Machiguenga page for more details on the overall program.


        Futuros Vivos:
        Machiguenga’s Thriving Future Timeline


        October: Machiguenga Program Coordinator Hired


        “Legado’s approach is truly necessary to inspire people. Each of us has the inner power to enact change with our actions every day, showing that we all have feelings and legacies regardless of gender, social position, or place we call home. Wherever we are, we can achieve what we set out to do and inspire others as well.

        As Program Coordinator for the Futuros Vivos:Machiguenga partnership, I am very enthusiastic about helping many women and men from the communities near the Machiguenga Communal Reserve. They are wise, have great strengths, and this collaboration can help add to their motivation and inspiration so that they can flourish starting today. I am committed to taking it step by step, with love and patience.

        I connect a lot with the legacy of the women of the communities because we are strong and many times we ourselves don't even recognize that we do many things for those around us and we can go far if we try. — Ana Fernández, ECA Maeni and Legado Futuros Vivos Machiguenga Program Coordinator, Peru

        Nov: In Person Launch of Collaboration

        Futuros Vivos: Machiguenga in person launch with the Legado, ECA Maeni Executive Board, and Machigenga Communal Reserve teams all working together in a three day workshop in Koribeni, Peru. During this meeting all participants jumped into exploring their personal legacies and visions for our future and co-created the objectives we want to achieve together. We finished by designating clear roles and commitments to implement the Thriving Futures model in the landscape.

        Dec: Building From Community Strengths

        "Protected area managers like myself have a vision beyond our assignments, we have a mission to generate opportunities for communities focused on maintaining that ancestral link of harmony between forest and humankind that with the passing of time has been weakening to the point of losing those connections. Our partnership with Legado and the ECA Maeni will allow us to forge hope for a thriving future from the reflection and identification of community strengths, as well as opportunities to achieve wellbeing through individual actions that add to the collective vision of the community, which is embodied in the Community Legacy Plans." — Cesar Aliaga, Director of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve, SERNANP



        Legacy Engagement Begins



          In 2022, we increased Legado's visibility to ensure that our work supporting indigenous peoples and local communities in building their Thriving Futures continues and grows.
          In April, we hosted our third virtual Town Hall and premiered Legacy, a new 4-min film shot and produced by Roshni Lodhia. Supporters, friends, and collaborators from around the globe joined the event to get the latest updates from our team and ask questions live.
          Watch It Here
          Also in April, Legado (Dr. Tita Alvira, Dr. Monicah Mbiba, Majka Burhardt) spoke at "Shaping the Future of Conservation Livelihoods Funding Together,” presented by Jersey Overseas Aid. Majka and Tita presented at "Integrating conservation and development – what have we learned, and what’s next?” and Monicah was a discussant for "Co-developing projects with communities - lessons from field and funder."
          In May, Legado (Dr. Tita Alvira, Majka Burhardt) presented in a webinar about "Sharing successful experiences of indigenous peoples and local communities’ engagement in conservation" sponsored by the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, Global Wildlife Program, Global Environment Facility, and the World Bank. Click the button view the recording. (start at minute 9).
          Watch It Here
          Program Manager Ana Lemos was appointed as an Honorary Associate with the Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum in Chicago.
          Over the summer, Senior Program Manager, Dr. Monicah Mbiba represented Legado at the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) conference in Germany.
          In August, Legado released a Lomwe version (the native language of the Lomwe people living on Mount Namuli in Mozambique) of our film, Legacy. This film also has Portuguese subtitles and was shared throughout Mozambique.
          Watch It Here
          In December, Dr. Tita Alvira attended the Global WA Women of the World Breakfast and 2022 Goalmakers Conference in Seattle, a two-day gathering of over 250 philanthropists from around the world all whose work is critical to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and focused on building a more equitable, healthy, and prosperous world for everyone.


          Thriving Futures get built by human-to-human exchange and experience. The team that creates these futures first and foremost is the indigenous and local community members whose futures they are. The team and partners below are who stand behind them co-creating this process each step of the way.



          • Seid Aman, Country Director for Imagine1Day | Ethiopia
          • Meg Gardiner, Chief Legal Officer for Euclid Transactional | USA
          • Dr. Ailis Tweed-Kent, CEO & Founder of Cocoon Biotech | USA
          • Eric Lundgren, Vice President of Global Operations at Blumont | USA
          • Dan Sarles, Executive Director of Eaglemere Foundation | USA
          • Pete Vorbrich, Former Chief Financial Officer for Carval Investors | USA (Chair of the Board)
          • Alaka Wali, PhD, Curator of North American Anthropology at the Negaunee Integrated Research Center, Field Museum | USA


          Each of our regional and local partner organizations works across their team to co-create Thriving Futures in a way that best meets the priorities of the communities they serve. These partnerships include:
          ECA MAENI, PERU




          Total: $709,254

          Legado programs Expenses



          TOTAL LEGADO PROGRAMS BUDGET: $1,082,542

          *Comprised of Legado and Partner Funding


          Legado is focused on the things I care about — and the things that I think everyone should care about: biodiversity, the health of the planet, and the health of people — particularly those people that are deeply interactive within biodiversity hotspots. It combines all of these things in an elegant, effective way.

          We are at an inflection point in human history — what we do today in terms of taking care of the planet, will have consequences for decades to come. You can't not care about that. And so, if you're wondering how you can most effectively address this, Legado is a great place to start. If you want to preserve landscapes and maintain biodiversity, then you need to care deeply about the people that live in those areas because they are the direct stewards of that land. Together, with these stewards leading the way, we can build a stronger, healthier future for all.

          Eric Ross, Donor & Champion

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          LOOKING AHEAD: 2023 and Beyond

          What’s next for Legado in this key time of global co-creation and action:

          Finalizing New Thriving Future Partnerships

          With a range of local organizations committed to supporting community-first change, specifically working with groups whose core programs are in financial inclusion, education, and other sectors...

          Growing Our Kenya Partnerships

          With new communities and conservancies to co-create an inclusive community engagement program across the landscape.

          Supporting Our Partner in Mozambique

          Namuli Wiwanana, to take over as lead implementer for the Namuli program in partnership with Namuli’s Lomwe communities.

          Accelerate Core Funding

          For Legado so that we can continue to create robust and effective partnerships to co-design, implement, and learn from Thriving Futures at thoughtful scale