In an insightful discussion, Nonette Royo, Executive Director of The Tenure Facility, underscores the organization’s mission of safeguarding the land rights of indigenous communities. Royo elaborates on the unique relationship these communities have with nature and their intrinsic stewardship role, emphasizing the need for secure land tenure to prevent conflict, displacement, and environmental damage. She cites technological advances and financial support as critical components for successful land management. Royo also highlights the significant contributions women make to these efforts, and celebrates the organization’s expansion from five countries in 2014 to plans of reaching 30 by year’s end. Additionally, she discusses how the organization’s work aligns with the Paris Agreement and their financial sustainability strategies, including collaborations with philanthropists and committed governments, and exploring UNFCCC climate financing. Finally, Royo reflects on the organization’s culture of partnership and equity, the challenges and adaptations brought on by the pandemic, and the importance of empowering future generations, urging readers to support their mission.
The Tenure Facility is an NGO based in Stockholm that works in partnership with indigenous peoples and local communities to strengthen their tenure and ability to preserve, protect, and enjoy the benefits of their traditional lands, territories, and resources. These rich biodiverse areas are vital to the people who steward them and the planet we all share.