Legado is a global venture that protects the world’s most threatened mountain ecosystems by empowering the people who call them home.

In 2010, professional climber and social entrepreneur Majka Burhardt was sent a photo of a granite rock face in northern Mozambique.

Majka’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 second highest peak, Mount Namuli. The expedition spent a month conducting cliffside scientific and conservation research and fieldwork, using rock climbing to access previously unexplored habitats.

The 2014 expedition and a 2011 reconnaissance expedition were the catalysts to develop Legado, a global venture that protects the world’s most threatened mountain ecosystems by empowering the people who call them home. Today, in 2018, Legado works side-by-side mountain communities to create site-scale, local-leader driven programs to advance a thriving mountain people and their environment. Read below for more about just how this happens:


OUR JOURNEY

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A WORLD IN WHICH INDIVIDUAL CHOICES LEAD TO A COLLECTIVE LEGACY OF A THRIVING PLANET
WE PROTECT THE WORLD’S MOST THREATENED MOUNTAIN ECOSYSTEMS BY EMPOWERING THE PEOPLE WHO CALL THEM HOME.

LEGADO CURRENTLY HAS THREE SIGNIFICANT INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT ITS VISION


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

Scaling success and lessons learned from Mount Namuli across four other key inselbergs in Mozambique to protect some of the richest and most-underprotected biodiversity in the Eastern Afromontane ecoregion.

Sky Islands

The big conservation and development challenges in our world require strong future leaders. We help train, equip and empower young leaders from around the world.

The Legado Fellows

WHY IS IT CALLED “LEGADO”?

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 the name to “legado”, which translates to “legacy” in Portuguese (Mozambique’s official language). As you explore Legado, you’ll learn how our curiosity about a chain of mountains in Mozambique is inspiring acts of leadership and legacy around the world.


BACKED BY THE BEST

Realizing significant, positive change requires significant investment and commitment. Over the past five years we have assembled a group of champions—people, family foundations and companies—around the world who generously support Legado. But this is only the beginning.

Join us and help empower people living alongside of Africa’s most threatened rainforests to create solutions for their own communities’ most pressing sustainability challenges.



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Photos: James Q Martin