Join us for an engaging dialogue around new research revealing the powerful economic and environmental benefits of securing indigenous land rights in the Amazon.

Event Recording

The event was livestreamed and archived.


Climate Benefits, Tenure Costs Launch


Hashtag: #landtenure

About the Event

WRI hosted a high-level panel discussion, chaired by Andrew Steer, in conjunction with the launch of the report - Climate Benefits, Tenure Costs: The Economic Case for Securing Indigenous Land Rights in the Amazon. This major new research report finds that securing land rights for local forest dwellers in Brazil, Colombia and Bolivia is a low cost investment that would generate substantial returns at the global and local levels.

The report was launched in Washington, DC, at a side event of the World Bank Group Annual Meetings. The event will featured an esteemed panel of leading economists and finance ministers.

The WRI report focuses on Bolivia, Brazil, and Colombia, provides original matching analysis on deforestation rates, emphasizes climate mitigation but incorporates an array of ecosystem services into the Benefit-Cost Analysis, and includes a set of policy options and recommendations.


  • Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, World Resources Institute (@markrWRI)
  • Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute (@AndrewSteerWRI)
  • Helen Ding, Environmental Economist, World Resources Institute
  • Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics (@lordstern1)


  • Moderator: Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, World Resources Institute (@markrWRI)
  • Walter Vergara, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute (@_WalterVergara)
  • Naoko Ishii, CEO & Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (@theGEF)
  • Ulrika Modéer, Deputy Minister of Development, Sweden (@UlrikaModeer)

Closing remarks

  • Luis Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank (@MorenoBID)


This short video highlights the economic case for securing indigenous land rights in the Amazon.

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