Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance

Protecting forests and communities. Restoring ecosystems and food systems.  Charting ambitious paths for responding to climate change rooted in social justice and agroecology. Urging action at the UN climate talks.


Our Mission

CLARA pursues climate solutions that work for people—at community, landscape, and national levels.

  • Securing land rights for indigenous peoples and local communities
  • Strengthening core forest protections and ecosystem integrity
  • Restoring degraded forests and ecosystems
  • Agroecology and food sovereignty

Our work is rooted in the latest science, in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the UN Convention on Biodiversity. We work with scientists, farmers and indigenous leaders to show the crucial role of local solutions for building community and ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change.

CLARA also fights back against false climate solutions, like monoculture tree plantations, geo-engineering, unjust carbon offset projects, and large-scale bioenergy/BECCS. 

We believe dramatic changes in the corporate-dominated global food system—and changes in individual diet—are necessary for preventing dangerous climate change.

CLARA members are active at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, in developing national climate plans, and in building the global climate justice movement.

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CLARA’s Work

CLARA member organizations are leaders in the climate justice movement, in rainforest and temperate/boreal protection movements, and in land-rights and agroecological movements.  

CLARA member organizations are also very involved in climate change science, ensuring proper accounting of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Click on the links below for a more detailed picture of our activities and leadership.

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CLARA Members

Civil society groups, peoples organizations, faith-based groups, independent researchers, and other network organizations from around the world form the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance membership.  


CLARA Impact

In 2014, a group of organizations concerned about the fate of communities and ecosystems in a changing climate articulates a set of Principles for land-use in the international climate negotiations. 

The UNFCCC ‘Paris Agreement’, with its ambitious temperature goal of keeping global warming to just 1.5°C, made for a much stronger focus on land-based solutions.

At the same time, some of the science informing the ‘Paris Agreement’ focused less on community- and ecosystem-based solutions to the climate challenge, instead proposing a set of negative and completely untested ‘geoengineering’ approaches to dealing with climate change.

CLARA members have instead articulated a positive vision for addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation based on struggles for healthy food and community control of land. CLARA members have also been researching climate benefits from restorative practices in agriculture and forestry.

Following negotiations about implementation of the Paris Agreement, CLARA issued a document, Climate Action in the Land Sector: Treading Carefully, to help promote ambitious and positive climate action in the land sector.


Climate Talks

CLARA members are active in most of the key UNFCCC negotiations. 

  • The ‘Paris Rulebook’ giving guidance to countries developing national climate plans;
  • The creation of market mechanisms, including carbon-trading and -offset schemes;
  • Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform;
  • Koronivia Workplan on Agriculture;
  • Increasing the levels of climate finance from wealthier member-states.


Research groups associated with CLARA are also now developing a major paper regarding community- and ecosystem-based climate solutions consistent with the high level of ambition needed to reach the 1.5°C goal.  This paper will be published in October 2018.

Climate Justice

All countries must increase ambition to meet the 1.5°C goal.  But those countries with historical responsibility for causing climate change must do more, including through the provision of finance.  Climate ambition must not negatively impact food security for vulnerable populations, or forest livelihoods, or the integrity of natural ecosystems.  CLARA members support pathways toward achieving the 1.5°C goal, as well as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), on the basis of equity.  CLARA members work to empower indigenous and local communities to participate effectively in national climate-change debates and actions.


Get Involved

CLARA welcomes new members who ascribe to our shared principles of climate justice, equitable burden-sharing in meeting the global climate challenge, community-led solutions for climate resilience, restorative agriculture and forest practices.

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