The Mapping For Rights- Methodology a new approach to participatory mapping in the Congo Basin

MappingForRights is a new approach to participatory (or ‘community’) mapping. It has been developed by the Rainforest Foundation UK, (RFUK), on the back of 15 years’ experience of supporting indigenous and traditional communities of the Congo Basin rainforest in their efforts to fulfil their rights to land and livelihood. 

The approach explained in this reference guide is the result of collaboration with indigenous peoples, nongovernment organisations, (NGOs), community organisations, government agencies and specialised academic institutions. It addresses the need to improve community ‘ownership’ of the mapping process and to develop their capacity to defend their rights to traditional lands, which are under imminent multiple threats.