Multi-media Resources

NDIMA - Mapping our Future
NDIMA - Mapping our Future

Raising awareness of the problems faced by forest communities in the Congo Basin, 'Ndima - Mapping our Future' is a documentary about how an indigenous Bayaka community in the CAR has used participatory mapping to support their claims to traditional lands in the face of growing pressures from outside forces, in this case the creation of a protected area. It aims to challenge conventional notions of conservation, arguing that communities should be at the heart of efforts to conserve the forest. 

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Interview with Leonard Odambo
Interview with Leonard Odambo

Leonard Odambo, head of leading Gabonese indigenous peoples organisation MINAPYGA, talks about how participatory mapping is helping marginalised indigenous peoples to produce evidence of their traditional lands and resources in order to effectively engage in debates about how the forest should be managed.


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NDIMA - Mapping our Future (Trailer)
NDIMA - Mapping our Future (Trailer)

Raising awareness of the problems faced by forest communities in the Congo Basin, 'Ndima - Mapping our Future' is a documentary about how an indigenous Bayaka community in the CAR has used participatory mapping to support their claims to traditional lands in the face of growing pressures from outside forces, in this case the creation of a protected area. It aims to challenge conventional notions of conservation, arguing that communities should be at the heart of efforts to conserve the forest. 

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Challenges for securing land rights of indigenous people in the Congo Basin - Jerome Lewis, UCL
Challenges for securing land rights of indigenous people in the Congo Basin - Jerome Lewis, UCL

Indigenous, hunter-gatherer peoples of the Congo Basin have a unique perception of the use of land. Their systems aim at ensuring abundance of forest resources and equal distribution among the people living in those forests. Dr. Jerome Lewis, Lecturer in Anthropology at UCL, talks about the need to take this vision into account to secure indigenous peoples' right to the land they depend on and which they have protected for centuries.

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"We are going to live like birds... without a place to put our feet" - The growing pressures on forests and indigenous people in Cameroon

Jeanne Noah, a Bagyeli leader from Cameroon, relates how her community's ancestral forest is being threatened by a large scale rubber production project. On top of this, Jeanne explains, neighbouring Bantu communities claim as their own the little forest area which is not already under the company's control. As the Bagyeli's access to the forest, their home and sustenance, is increasingly compromised, she wonders "what are we going to do to live? And how is our children's future going to be like?".

 

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