Indigenous Communities Deploy High-Tech Mapmaking to Staunch Global Land Grab
Red Orbit, 30 August 2013

Indigenous Peoples Vow to Map Customary Forests
Jakarta Globe, 27 August 2013

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Following the recent ruling by Indonesia’s Constitutional Court, which acknowledged that indigenous communities – and not the state – have rights over some 40 million hectares of customary forests, the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), announced its decision to map out the country’s customary forests by 2020, in order to save them from the encroachment of palm oil companies and other development projects. The announcement was made to the Global Conference on Community Participatory Mapping on Indigenous Peoples’ Territories, held from 25-29 August 2013, at Samosir, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The conference was co-organized by by Tebtebba, PAFID, AMAN and the Rights and Resources Initiative. During the conference, indigenous groups from countries including Malaysia, Nepal, Panama, Mexico and Brazil explained how they have adopted affordable, high-tech mapping technology to retrace the history of their land ownership and catalog their natural resources. Their hope is that detailed maps can help them fight the destruction of vast tracks of forests, peatlands and waterways—brazen incursions by government and industry that not only deprive indigenous peoples of their lands but also greatly accelerate the global loss of biodiversity and accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Read the Red Orbit article … Read the Jakarta Globe article … Further information on the conference …