New technology used by indigenous peoples to map traditional lands and monitor illegal logging given wide coverage on BBC

New technology used by indigenous peoples to map traditional lands and monitor illegal logging given wide coverage on BBC

Fergal Keane of the BBC is in Cameroon meeting Baka indigenous peoples who are using new technology to document their traditional use of forests, to map their lands and to monitor and report illegal logging activity. Local NGO, Centre for Environment and Development in Cameroon (CED) and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), have been working directly with indigenous peoples to support and develop this approach over several years. These maps support indigenous peoples to assert their rights in dialogue and negotiation with government authorities, conservation NGOs and logging companies. Indigenous peoples, with support from FPP, are also mapping their lands in Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Thailand and Indonesia.

Such grassroots initiatives can offer concrete solutions to crucial global issues, such as the protection of indigenous peoples' rights, the management of protected areas and the protection of forest biodiversity. These issues are being discussed at the UN level, including the upcoming 2nd Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity Working Group on Protected Areas, 11 - 15 February 2008, at the FAO headquarters in Rome.

Coverage includes: BBC 10 o'Clock News, UK, Wednesday 30 January (including article by Fergal Keane: 'GPS helps pygmies defend forest') BBC World, Breakfast news and subsequent hourly updates featuring interviews with Baka