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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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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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Bayaka villagers dancing and singing, CAR
Bayaka villagers dancing and singing, CAR

The Bayaka live in southwestern Central African Republic and northern Congo and are a distinct ethnic group from the Baka. Their music is complex and polyphonic, and forms an integral part of their way of life; songs and dances are not confined to entertainment or rituals, but also as part of hunting, games, stories, and various other aspects of daily life.


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Bayaka people hunting in the forest
Bayaka people hunting in the forest

The Bayaka people are hunter-gatherers, living in a close relationship with the rainforest. This video shows the method by which communities hunt with nets to catch small ground-dwelling mammals. The video shows the capture of a small deer called a duiker (Cephalophus spp.), almost all of which are currently Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

 

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Interview with Yvonne Imalet
Interview with Yvonne Imalet

RFUK recently carried out a series of training workshops in the Central African Republic to help indigenous peoples, NGOs and national authorities strengthen their understanding of indigenous people's rights and mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of ILO Convention No. 169. Here is the interview of Yvonne Imalet, representative of indigenous Bayaka, from Londo, who participated in a training workshop in Bangui.

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