Maps for traditional knowledge – bringing the 3rd dimension to the negotiating table [Media release]

Posted: Friday, 10 October 2014

Paramirobo, Suriname - Participatory mapping is a powerful tool for enabling local communities to document their landscapes and shape policies that affect their development. A Participatory 3 Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) exercise presented at the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture shows how an indigenous tribe in Suriname has developed a 3D map of its territory. The initiative, implemented by CTA ...

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Saramakan’s forests: watercourses at the core of a participatory 3D modelling exercise along the upper Suriname River

Posted: Saturday, 6 September 2014

JAW JAW, SURINAME, 6 September 2014. From Atjoni, Suriname, it takes 40 minutes by motorised longboat to reach Jaw Jaw, a village sprinkled along the shores of the mighty upper Suriname River. This area is home to approximately 17,000 Afro-Surinamese people belonging to the Saramakan tribe. These people survive on shifting cultivation, fishing, hunting, harvesting of timber and non-timber forests ...

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Modelling a brighter future

Posted: Thursday, 3 April 2014

People with low levels of education and poor literacy skills have difficulty making themselves heard. This is particularly true for indigenous communities. Their ancestral knowledge and rights are often ignored by governments, mineral companies and others who wish to exploit their lands. However, it needn’t be like this. Working with local partners, CTA has helped to pioneer a process, known as Pa ...

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