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Lightyear and Legado
In 2008, Susanne Conrad was in the Santa Monica Patagonia store and picked up a book about climbing in Ethiopia. She was taken by the beauty and knowledge contained in the book. She was planning her first trip to Ethiopia with imagine1day and decided that the author of this book was someone she should know. She called up the author, Majka Burhardt, and they have been partnering ever since!
In 2010, Susanne and Majka co-led, along with Sapna Dayal and Shannon Wilson, the first ever Imagine Ethiopia trip in support of imagine1day. Since that first collaboration, Susanne and Majka have worked together several times. Majka has been working to bring Lightyear to Mozambique through several key trainings.
Today, Lightyear experiences create the core value of Legacy Leadership for Legado’s work. Majka directs an international team at Legado alongside of her career as an author, filmmaker, and professional climber, and her role as a mother to 1-year-old twins.
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Legado was founded in 2011 and exists to protect the world’s most threatened mountain ecosystems by empowering the people who call them home.
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 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.
At Legado, we believe that the source of all progressive, systemic, and lasting change, are people who are making a personal choice to take conscious actions towards the future they wish to be a part of, as individuals and as a collective. This conscious future is what we refer to as “legacy”. (Note, Legado is legacy in Portuguese).
Mount Namuli is an 7,936 foot inselberg—a mountain that is isolated from a range and rises sharply and distinctly out from the plains—and as such, separated from a mountain chain, became an ecological island home to unique species, flora and fauna. As the ancestral home to the Lomwe people, Mount Namuli holds significant cultural, social and economic influence in the lives of millions.
Decades ago, the communities encircling Mount Namuli lived in harmony with the mountain and its ecosystem. However, today, poverty, climate change and growing populations have pushed communities to seek resources and arable land further and further up the mountainside.
This rapid degradation, through unsustainable natural resource use and agricultural practices, is threatening the mountain’s unique biodiversity—specifically through the conversion of forests and grasslands for subsistence and local market agriculture has sped up the rates of habitat loss. This threat to biodiversity also poses a significant threat to the long term viability and sustainability of the local communities as well.
Biologists and conservationists from around the world have identified Mount Namuli as a global hotspot: a place of critical biodiversity. Despite the fact that Namuli is 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, Namuli has no official conservation status.
Today, Legado is the first group to work toward conservation of Mount Namuli in conjunction with the people who call the mountain home. Legado works hand in hand with LUPA, their Mozambican implementation partner and brings over 20 years of experience working on community natural resource management and development programs in Mozambique. Their work is site-scale, driven by local leaders, and exists to advance a thriving future for Namuli’s people and environment.
Go deeper with Legado in their most recent Annual Report.