An investor may approach a community seeking landand natural resources at any time. These guides providerecommendations for how advocates and communityleaders can best support communities to prepare forand, if they so wish, engage in empowered contractnegotiations with investors seeking to use communitylands and natural resources for their businesses.guide 1explains how communities can prepare forinteractions with potential investors, including makingdecisions about whether or not to negotiate. It can beused to help a community: (a) prepare beforeaninvestor arrives and (b) decide whether or not to enterinto discussions or negotiations with an investor thathas arrived. Guide 1 should be used beforeanynegotiations start. If a community decides to negotiate with a potentialinvestor, this guide (guide 2) describes issues that canbe included in a community–investor contract. It alsoexplains what language should be avoided in thecontract. It is designed to help communities negotiate acontract with an investor that is clear, fair, and equitable.