Online map seeks to boost indigenous land rights

An interactive online map that shows which lands are held by indigenous people and local communities was launched recently.

The map is a global effort to gather and publish data on indigenous land rights, and its backers hope it will promote indigenous efforts to access land they have traditionally used and combat deforestation.

The LandMark map is, however, far from complete, according to the Rights and Resources Initiative, a US-based advocacy coalition and one of 13 organisations running the map. The partners hope that, as new data and features are added, the map will yield international benefits — for example by holding logging and mining companies to account over the lands they prospect in.

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