Participatory Mapping with the Indigenous Peoples in Lorentz National Park
Apr 19, 2016

Participatory Mapping with the Indigenous Peoples in Lorentz National Park

Indigenous people in 11 villages in the Far East Mimika District and Jita District recently completed a participatory mapping process of their customary territory.

Facilitated by the USAID LESTARI team in the Lorentz Lowlands Landscape, communities created a map that identifies important natural and cultural sites. In addition to assisting the indigenous community in managing and conserving natural resources, participatory mapping can also be used as an advocacy tools to protect important areas (wilayah adat) from external threats and as a bargaining point to outsiders that seek to invest in the area.

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