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Wapichan set up Ground-breaking System to Defend Human Rights and Monitor Ancestral Lands

Amidst increasing concerns about threats to their forests, wetlands and way of life, the Wapichan People of Guyana (South America) have set up their own ground-breaking system to defend their human rights and monitor their ancestral lands against harmful development. Community information has been collected using a grassroots land use monitoring arrangement that involves community monitoring teams, the use of smartphone technology, drones, and community digital maps – all controlled and managed directly by the villages. Today, the Wapichan People are launching a locally owned and managed website to present their monitoring information on the internet.

Uploaded on: Nov 21, 2018
Year Published: 2017
Author: Margaret Satterthwaite

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Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Community / Customary Land Rights, Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Indigenous Peoples' Rights Tool Type: Case Study, News & Opinions Target Population: Rural Method: Improving Governance, Accountability and Transparency, Navigating Administrative Processes, Promoting Citizens' Participation in Governance Languages: English Regions: > Global, Guyana