Tag Archives: Community Mapping

Advancing the respect and recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKAPA)

Karen Indigenous Woman of Maeyod village in Northern Thailand, with herbs and vegetables harvested from the rotational agriculture field. Rotational agriculture or shifting cultivation is the cultural heritage of Indigenous Communities and source of livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and enhancement, and food security for millions of Indigenous Peoples in Asia. Indigenous Women are the primary knowledge holders and perform 70% of the work of rotational agriculture. Photo credit: Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, AIPP. Community Based Monitoring and Information System (CBMIS) and Mapping Community-based monitoring and information system (CBMIS) is not a new practice in global movement for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. For ...

Training Manual on GPS Mapping

This training manual aims to provide a general guide on GPS mapping for indigenous organizations and communities and support groups conducting or intending to conduct community mapping in their areas. The manual is expected to help and support the trainers and trainees to understand the technicality of GPS mapping in a simple and easy way. Since this is a general GPS guide, each country needs to be mindful of the legal procedures and requirement for the submission of community maps for registration and legal recognition. We hope that through the conduct of community mapping, the assertion for the recognition and ...

Indonesia: Case study on “Mobilization, mapping and legal action help indigenous community oppose mining activities”

In 2003, fifteen indigenous Pagu communities of North Maluku, Indonesia, started opposing the expanding gold mining activities in their territories, as these activities were causing the contamination of water sources and the ecosystem. With the support of AMAN and AIPP, the communities mapped their territories, mobilised wide support to save the ecosystem of Kao Bay, and filed a petition to revoke the license of the mining company. This prompted the local government to review their mining regulation in indigenous peoples’ territories. In 2013, the government recognised the Pagu communities’ land rights in the contested mining area. Click here to download publication.