The Local Knowledge; Global Goals project prioritizes local Indigenous knowledge and gender equality to build conservation capacity in order to improve the sustainable management of the BOSAWAS forest. One of the three project pillars is Sustainability.
Sustainability Goal: Improve the local population’s capacity to protect their traditional territories.
Milestones to date (Territorial Mapping):
- 42 secondary students using MAPEO territorial mapping software.
- Elders, healers, leaders, forest rangers and community members have participated in sharing geographic and territorial information which has been collected for uploading to MAPEO.
- 56 significant territorial sites — geographic and social features and points of cultural significance —have been added to the system and registered in MAPEO.
Community members, including secondary students, have been equipped with technology and trained to use MAPEO territorial mapping software. Elders, healers, leaders, forest rangers and community members have participated in sharing geographic and territorial information which has been collected for uploading to MAPEO. The Mapping software is working well even in the weak cellular signal and offline environments and the process of digitizing threats and land assets is being accomplished with considerable participation and enthusiasm from the community.
In the coming months, community leaders will begin to utilize this information to build working relationships with relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations to address their environmental and sustainability issues.