Call to members: Maps and data on indigenous and community lands


LandMark is the world’s only online global platform providing precise, georeferenced maps of indigenous and community lands, shedding light on the critical information gap surrounding rights to these lands and raising public awareness with the goal of helping Indigenous Peoples and communities secure their land rights. The information collected by LandMark can empower advocates to press for reform, bring transparency to the need for tenure security, and discourage government or investor actions that would undermine this process. 

Read Richard Smith's account on the development of LandMark here! 

LandMark currently provides information at two scales:

  • At COMMUNITY level: the boundaries of indigenous and community lands, and
  • At NATIONAL level: the percentage of national land that is indigenous and community land, together with a national score according to our ten legal indicators of tenure security

In 2017, we added two new data layers:

  • The amount of CARBON HELD above and below ground, highlighting the climate benefits derived from indigenous and community lands, and
  • The OIL, MINERAL, and TIMBER CONCESSIONS granted on or around these lands, to underscore a common threaten to tenure security

LandMark is guided by a 13-organization Steering Group, including ILC and ILC members of the Global Alliance AMAN, PAFID, RRI and WRI.

In support of this global initiative, ILC is CALLING ON MEMBERS to:

  • USE LandMark. Use the tools on LandMark to analyze and present the data and information on the platform in ways that best meet the needs of your land rights work. 
  • IMPROVE LandMark. Explore the platform and share your ideas on how LandMark can be made more useful for your work. Ideas can address functionality, data, or tools.
  • SUPPORT LandMark. There are some significant data gaps on the platform. Please consider submitting your maps[1] and other information for visualization with accreditation on LandMark.
  • SHARE LandMark. Introduce and share the website – – with your colleagues, collaborators, members, and partners.

If you have interest in having your maps or data posted on LandMark, or have ideas for improving the platform, please email the LandMark Operations Team at or Eva Hershaw, Data Specialist at ILC, at


[1] The maps should be polygon or point data in digital format (e.g. a shapefile or data visualization from your own platform), and represent collectively held land rights or natural resources concessions (e.g., oil, mineral, and timber). Data contributors keep full ownership of their data and can choose how LandMark makes their data available on the platform.


Eva Hershaw