Using Participatory Geographic Information Systems to enhance Indigenous nomadic tribes’ access to land

The land rights and lifestyles of indigenous nomadic communities in Iran are constantly threatened by oil and gas exploration activities. With the help of Cenesta and UNINOMAD, the nomadic communities were able to map their land using Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PGIS), and negotiate for protection of their land as Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs). With the use of PGIS, the nomadic communities were able to mark their migratory routes and enforce their land rights.

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Ghanimat Azhdari and Zahra Tashakor (Cenesta) and Amira Kheir (ILC Secretariat)