This short film explores how the Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya are using mapping technology to protect their lands.
The Ogiek peoples have been victim to multiple evictions from their ancestral lands that were carried out in the name of conservation. Through community mapping projects, the Ogiek have gathered data that proves that their land belongs to them, and show that they are the best-placed to conserve and sustainably use the animal and plant biodiversity on their land.
This film series examines the critical contributions that Indigenous peoples and local communities make to protecting the world’s biodiversity, and complements the Local Biodiversity Outlooks.
Other films in this series:
- Traditional knowledge provides resilience to a changing climate
- Nana Yala (Mother Earth)
- Zenu Indigenous Women: Protectors and Growers of Mother Earth
- Froxán Commons – A community restoration project in Galicia, Spain brings native species back to their forests
- Li Kiampka (Our descendants)
- Minta Ari – Constant rain in a Dayak community in Indonesia
- A Pgaz K’Nyau community in northern Thailand supports biodiversity and their local economy by producing honey
- Tarimat Pujut: Living in Harmony with Nature in Peru