First-of-its-kind mapping platform could help protect land held by Indigenous communities

Interesting article on the LankMark mapping platform designed to illuminate the dynamics of Indigenous Lands:

“By mapping such community lands, LandMark aims to “make clear that these lands are not vacant, idle or available to outsiders,” according to a statement by the World Resources Institute (WRI), a member of the steering group.

“This is a unique and path breaking tool,” Andy White, Coordinator of Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), said at the launch of LandMark in Washington DC on November 10. Data of this kind has never been so accessible on a single platform, he added.

In September, a report released by RRI showed that indigenous communities have legal rights to only a fraction of the land they manage: while the communities hold around 65 percent of the world’s land area through customary systems, they have legal rights to only 10 percent of their land.

This huge gap makes the communities vulnerable, destroys their livelihoods, leads to environmental destruction, accelerates climate change, and increases strife and conflict, the report notes.”

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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