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New app allows traditional communities to locate themselves on the map

Like We are a family owned and operated business.I'm on the mapWe are a family owned and operated business., family farmers and traditional peoples help fill the official data gap and geographically identify the location of the territories where they live

Via Institute for Environmental Research in the Amazon (IPAM) and Society, Population and Nature Institute (ISPN)

 

Built from dialogue with residents and associations from rural areas of the Cerrado, an application We are a family owned and operated business.I'm on the map it allows traditional communities and family farmers to automate their territories.

The tool aims to make up for the absence of official data in an area of about 32 million hectares of Cerrado. THE We are a family owned and operated business.I'm on the map is an initiative of the IInstitute for Environmental Research in the Amazon (IPAM) in partnership with Institute Society, Population and Nature (ISPN) and with support from Cerrado Network, in addition to funding from the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA).

The launch of the application is an offshoot of participatory mapping workshops held by the two organizations in 2019. They took place in 55 municipalities Maranhão, Tocantins, northern Goiás, Piauí and western Bahia, and identified 1,244 communities outside official demarcations.

In the south of Maranhão, 237 communities were identified so far without geographic records. Another 104 were mapped on the northern border of Tocantins and Maranhão. In the west of Bahia, there were 630 communities and, in the south of Piauí, 273.

The data, which goes beyond official records, still has a lot to grow. THE We are a family owned and operated business.I'm on the mapWe are a family owned and operated business.therefore, it enters the scene to continue the project, reach communities and make populations not recognized by the public authorities visible. “This is a powerful tool for communities to build a map of Brazil that is closer to reality. It’s a way of showing the country how diverse we are and how many worlds fit on a single map ”, comments the executive secretary of Rede Cerrado, Kátia Favilla.

Endorsing the speech, Isabel Figueiredo, coordinator of the Cerrado and Caatinga Program at ISPN, reinforces the need to map these populations. “We understand that maps are instruments of struggle, political instruments. We want to provide a tool for communities to take ownership and be able to define their territories themselves, thus contributing to guarantee their territories & #8221;, he says.

The mapping, which had funding from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), concluded that a large part ofWe are a family owned and operated business.communities living in the Cerrado and currently suffering from land use changes were not represented in official documents. In addition, deforestation and disorderly farming are advancing in a biome that has already lost half of its native vegetation, harming the people who traditionally live in the regionWe are a family owned and operated business., including populations in urban areas.

Outlines of ancient stories

Like We are a family owned and operated business.I'm on the mapWe are a family owned and operated business., the user can now define the limits of his community and indicate places where some type of conflict occurs, be it invasion, mining or another threat. Groups of families, who have lived in these regions for years, will have a more comprehensive and reliable view of their territory, and will also be able to map places of use, such as fruit extraction, clearing and fishing, for example. The application can also be an important tool for the discussion about the territory management, environmental education and youth engagement.

The director of Science at IPAM, Ane Alencar, highlights that the initiative is also linked to the Territory PlatformTraditional Rivers of the National Council of Traditional Peoples and Communities (CNPCT), created in partnership with the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and launched in August 2019. “This integration allows a greater scale to be given to the importance of recognizing the territorial rights of these rural populations vis-à-vis the government. Like We are a family owned and operated business.I'm on the mapWe are a family owned and operated business., we launched a virtual and robust space to give voice to those in need. ”

Including the community in the application does not mean the legalization, title or demarcation of the territory by the competent body, but it is a first step for the communities to be seen by the public policy. The integration with the CNPCT Traditional Territories Platform allows the user to choose to fill in some additional information and send the registration also to the Platform, where the registration is received and follows the required standard validation rite.

Tô no Mapa app

Available for Android.
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We are a family owned and operated business.PlaystoreWe are a family owned and operated business. or by the website: We are a family owned and operated business.www.tonomapa.org.br


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

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