Participatory mapping of customary forest use to influence spatial planning

Participatory mapping of customary land and forest use has proven to be an effective tool to empower indigenous peoples in view of claiming access rights to natural resources. The tool also has the potential to influence local spatial planning. This case study describes the positive and negative lessons learned from participatory mapping of forest use by Dayak people in Sekadau District, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

(Portrait of a Dayak woman, photo credit: ©IFAD/Francesco Paolo Gianzi)