Lord Nicholas Stern and Inter-American Development Bank President to speak

WASHINGTON, DC — Indigenous Peoples rely on their lands for food, water and livelihoods. Yet around the world, only 10 percent of Indigenous and community lands are held under secure tenure.

At an event on October 7, WRI will launch a new report, Climate Benefits, Tenure Costs: The Economic Case for Securing Indigenous Land Rights, which finds for the first time that relatively modest investments in secure land tenure for Indigenous Peoples can generate billions of dollars in returns—economically and environmentally. The report offers findings from the Amazon, with a focus on Colombia, Brazil, and Bolivia; but this approach could be replicated in other tropical forest nations from Democratic Republic of Congo to Indonesia as an effective strategy for reducing emissions from deforestation.

The launch event will feature speeches from Lord Nicholas Stern, Luis Moreno (IADB President) and Andrew Steer, a panel discussion with an esteemed group of experts, a presentation of new findings from the report, plus an original animated video.

As the world get closer to ratifying the Paris Agreement, this report lays out a novel solution to help meet NDC commitments by reducing emissions from forests.


Launch of new WRI report, Climate Benefits, Tenure Costs: The Economic Case for Securing Indigenous Land Rights


Friday, October 7, 2015, 10:00-11:30 AM EDT

Breakfast 9:00 AM


1777 F Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Only 1 block from World Bank


Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics

Helen Ding, Environmental Economist, World Resources Institute

Naoko Ishii, CEO & Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Juan Carlos Jintiach, Advisor, La Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (COICA)

Ulrika Modéer, Deputy Minister of Development, Sweden

Luis Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank

Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute

RSVP by October 6 to Ally Friedman, +1 202-729-7719, ally.friedman@wri.org