2020 Annual Report released; You're invited to Seed the Change on March 18; A rights-based approach to conservation; Meet Rachel McMonagle.
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The Safety Net of Land: Landesa's 2020 Annual Report released

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ONLINE—We are pleased to share Landesa's 2020 Annual Report. This year's report highlights the role of land rights as a safety net, with stories from around the globe demonstrating how land rights have helped families and communities remain resilient during the pandemic. 

The stories shared in this report from Myanmar are part of last year's work. The recent headlining news events have shifted our priorities in that country to the safety and wellbeing of our employees there. All of us at Landesa are hopeful we can continue to support the people of Myanmar in an environment of peace and stability.

Beyond the individuals features in our stories, over 490 million people stand to benefit from better laws and policies designed with input from Landesa last year. Over the past year, we have had important gains in growing our corporate engagement projects, working on youth land rights, and deepening our understanding of the intersection of land rights and climate change. 

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Seed the Change on March 18

You're Invited - Landesa's Seed the Change on March 18, 2021 5:30pm-6:30pm PDT

GLOBAL—Please join us at Seed the Change, Landesa’s virtual gala! This year's program will focus on the growing importance of Landesa’s climate justice work, including a keynote address from former US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. Gather with other land rights champions from the comfort of your home on March 18th at 5:30 PDT – tickets are now available for purchase here. Please contact us at events@landesa.org with any questions.



We can’t tackle climate change without indigenous people

By Rachel McMonagle, Climate Change and Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa

 Women in Kenya are helping to settle land disputes as traditional village elders. Photographer: Deborah Espinosa

REUTERS—While much of the Biden administration’s work will be centered on cutting emissions at home, the U.S. is in a unique position to drive progress abroad. President Biden oversees billions in foreign assistance—dollars that can be leveraged to help low- or middle-income nations meet their climate targets while building climate resilience for millions of people.

A rights-based approach to conservation is the only way to ensure that climate change solutions protect people and the planet; and indeed, human rights, biodiversity and healthy ecosystems often go hand-in-hand.

Instead of marginalizing or overlooking Indigenous communities, our solutions to climate change should put their rights and expertise at the forefront. Though they comprise just 5% of the global population, Indigenous Peoples safeguard approximately 80% of the planet’s biodiversity.


Landesa in the news

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Landesa: Finding ‘Elegant Solutions’ to Complex Problems
Global Washington interviewed Landesa's Rachel McMonagle about the critical intersection between land rights, climate change, and sustainable development.

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The right to own land makes Liberia's farmers feel hope for the future (Translated)
Swedish long-form news site Blankspot explores the history of land rights in Liberia, what the 2018 Land Rights Act meant for the country, and profiles Landesa’s Talking Books project to spread legal literacy in remote communities.


Staff Spotlight: Rachel McMonagle

Rachel McMonagle headshotRachel McMonagle is Landesa's Climate Change and Land Tenure Specialist. She is based in the U.S. and joined Landesa in July 2020.

What inspires your work with Landesa?
I think a lot of NGOs create an unproductive artificial separation between their work on poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. I love that Landesa embraces the complexities of climate change and seeks out win-win solutions that benefit both the environment and local communities. It is inspiring to support the human elements of land tenure work and contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation at the same time.




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