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LEGADO is a global venture designed to foster a future where people and ecosystems thrive. Together.
LEGADO: Namuli, the venture’s flagship initiative, is currently working to create targeted and measurable conservation and human livelihood gains on Mount Namuli, in Mozambique, with a vision to scale this approach to other mountain regions and communities. Additive Adventure and Mozambique-based LUPA comprise the consortium directing these efforts.
In 2010, Majka Burhardt was sent a photo of a granite rock face in northern Mozambique. Burhardt’s curiosity about what was behind and beyond that rock face ultimately led to a May 2014 expedition with an international team of biologists, climbers, conservation workers, and filmmakers who collaborated in an exploration of Mozambique’s Mount Namuli and Malawi’s Mount Mulanje. The expedition spent a month conducting cliffside scientific and conservation research and fieldwork, using rock climbing to access previously unexplored habitats. The successful expedition wrapped in June 2014 and will be featured in the forthcoming film, Namuli (formerly called the Lost Mountain) due out in January 2016.
The 2014 expedition, the forthcoming film, and on the ground conservation field work currently underway, are part of a larger movement to raise awareness and support a dialogue about a healthy and sustainable future for the communities and the rich and unique biodiversity, which for centuries, have made these mountains their home.
In addition, as part of the LEGADO initiative, Additive Adventure partnered with Positive Tracks, a national, youth-centric nonprofit that helps young people get active and give back using the power of sport and adventure, to create The Lost Mountain Next Gen Symposium which took place in July 2015. Leaders and university students from North America and Africa, converged on Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique for a 12-day multidisciplinary symposium covering conservation planning and management principles, leadership development models, Leave No Trace techniques, and examinations of contemporary challenges facing conservation and development. LEGADO and Positive Tracks have also partnered to bring the Positive Tracks Namuli Short Film to the public in January 2016.
In 2015, LEGADO was born from the Lost Mountain— the previous name of this venture. Mount Namuli is the ancestral home to millions of people, and the mountain is a standing symbol of hope and prosperity for the future. For this reason, we chose to change the name to “legado”, which translates to “legacy” in Portuguese (Mozambique’s official language). Visit the LEGADO website and learn more about how our curiosity about a chain of mountains in Mozambique is inspiring acts of leadership and legacy around the world.
LEGADO is funded, in part, by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) — a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank.
At Positive Tracks, we’ve nicknamed Majka “M-Force” for good reason. Her catalytic vision and drive has taken Positive Tracks to a realm of conservation and adventure we couldn’t have dreamed of reaching on our own! Majka is profoundly skilled and intelligent, but also brings a highly collaborative and compassionate perspective to the table. Ultimately, it’s her human intelligence and relentless sense of adventure that enables Majka to forge rewarding partnerships not only with the organizations she works with, but with the young people she engages with a compelling civic call to action.
Majka and her Additive Adventure Team advised KfW Development Bank, in partnership with German Development Cooperation, to vet adventure recreation opportunities within Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Limpopo is part of the Peace Parks Foundation (founding patron Nelson Mandela) and is linked to Krueger National Park in South Africa and Gonarezhou Park in Zimbabwe. Together they form a vital transfrontier ecosystem and wildlife preservation area.
This 2013 Kickstarter Campaign, led by Majka Burhardt, raised over $28,500 for the Namuli, the film.
Majka invites her partners to be bold with intention, to get thick in conversation, and to pursue nothing short of extraordinary impact. Conversations expand and new realms of possibility open up with her passionate leadership and profound commitment to every project she works on. I will continue to jump at the opportunity to create great things with Majka.
Fred Boltz: Managing Director for Ecosystems at the Rockefeller Foundation, former Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives at Conservation International and current lead advisor on the Lost Mountain conservation team. Boltz’ deep conservation expertise derives from over 20 years of experience in developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. Boltz is a natural resource economist with research and publications on the economics, practice and policy of tropical forestry, ecosystem services and climate change. His broad knowledge draws from experience on the front lines of conservation and community development projects in Madagascar and Rwanda, from cutting edge economic research in Brazil and Bolivia, and 9 years leading CI’s global strategies for conservation and sustainable development.
Eric Lundgren: Director of International Programs, Africare. Lundgren has over 15 years of experience managing development projects and organizations in a broad range of sectors and geographic areas. Prior to his current role, Lundgren served as Africare’s country director in Mozambique and served in various roles as a member of the environment and social assessment team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Earlier in his career, Mr. Lundgren led Sail Caribbean’s environmental conservation and education program in the British Virgin Islands as the program’s founder and director. He also served as associate director of Proyecto Camino Seguro in Guatemala City.