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1Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, United States of America; 2Namati; 3Mapbox
There are many potential benefits and risks for local communities who decide to enter into negotiations with an investor or company seeking to use community lands and natural resources for an investment. This interactive MasterClass presents and works with new Guides developed by Namati and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) to support communities and their advocates when interacting with investors. The guide is designed to assist communities to: be prepared in case an investor or company contacts them and asks to use their land; to decide whether or not to enter into negotiations with an investor or company; and where relevant, to negotiate an equitable, just agreement. The interactive MasterClass will cover key components of the Guides, and will also provide an opportunity for participants from different countries to share their own experiences, insights, and challenges tied to community-investor agreements.