23 June, 2018

Mapping Our Lands & Waters, Protecting Our Future

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CBMIS Mapping


The Global Conference on Community Participatory Mapping in Indigenous Peoples’ Territories convened representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations, networks and communities, and experts with extensive knowledge and experience of community participatory mapping.

Many indigenous peoples make and use maps to assert their rights to lands and waters, to manage their territory, to preserve knowledge of their own history, culture and environment, and to communicate some of this knowledge to others. There is thus a wealth of experience and lessons to draw on. Among those who have not made maps in their own communities, there is great interest in learning about the opportunities and risks of mapping and about the range of tools and technologies available for recording spatial information. Moreover, mapping has been identified as an important tool for presenting evidence about key issues that affect indigenous peoples at national and global level.

Mapping Our Lands & Waters, Protecting Our FutureThe purpose of the conference was for participants to share their knowledge, experience and lessons learned in community participatory mapping, and to consider the possibility of establishing a global network to support and strengthen participatory mapping by indigenous communities.

The conference was hosted by the Indonesian indigenous peoples’ alliance, AMAN (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara – Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago), in the territory of the Batak people of Northern Sumatra. It was organized by AMAN and Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education), with support from Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). The indigenous participants were drawn from Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.





Objectives of the conference

Conference program


I. Opening of the Conference

Keynote address

The history and status of community participatory mapping

II. Using Maps to Assert Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources

Mapping and registration of customary lands in Indonesia

Participatory mapping: Asserting the existence of indigenous  peoples to the state

Experience of community mapping in West Kalimantan

Ethnic mapping in the indigenous lands of Roraima, Brazil

Social mapping in the Amazon region of Brazil

Community participatory mapping in Malaysia

Traditional use and management of the Lower Marowijne area by the Kaliña and Lokono, Suriname

Lessons from the Latin America Forum 2011: Social mapping and the struggles for local rights to territory and resources

III. Using Maps in Managing Sustainable Use of Resources

Participatory mapping and community-based forestry development in Mexico

Mapping community territories in Mexico

IV. Using Maps in Community-Based Monitoring and Information Systems (CBMIS)

Community participatory mapping for land-use planning in Tinoc, Ifugao, Philippines

CBMIS: Mapping tools for ancestral domain management planning in Nepal

V. Governance of Traditional Knowledge

Safeguarding the living breath of life: Customary law, traditional knowledge guidelines, tribal sovereign governance and international law

VI. Mapping and Resource Inventory for Territorial Management

Mapping and resource inventory of Indigenous Community Conserved Areas in the Philippines

Community mapping for forest allocation and carbon and non-carbon monitoring and information system in the REDD+ pilot project

Experiences in community mapping: Economic valuation, biodiversity inventory and forest carbon

Community mapping as a tool of the Mansaka people in monitoring traditional knowledge, biodiversity and climate change adaptation and mitigation

The evolution of mapping in Gunayala

VII. Tools and Methodologies

Tools and methodologies used in mapping with indigenous communities in Peru and Guyana

Community mapping in South East Asia: Looking back and beyond

Community 3D models

Open source software for community participatory mapping

Ngati Hine monitoring and information storage systems

Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication

VIII. Working Group Reports

The basics of community participatory mapping

Tools and technologies

Safeguarding knowledge

Policy advocacy

IX. Regional Workshop Reports

Latin America




X. Plenary Session: Towards a global indigenous peoples’ network on community participatory mapping

XI. Action Points

XIII. Conference declaration


Annex I. List of participants

Annex II. Conflict in Pandumaan-Sipituhuta, North Sumatra, Indonesia


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