02 Apr '12, 1pm

Social Innovation: GPS Technology Empowering Indigenous Peop... via @justmeans

Social Innovation: GPS Technology Empowering Indigenous Peop... via @justmeans

Social Innovation: GPS Technology Empowering Indigenous People of the Congo Basin GPS social innovation technology is helping indigenous people in the Congo Basin to map the land they live on and produce documents that can help preserve their access to the forest, which is essential to their way of living, which is under threat. The African rainforests of the Congo Basin are home to 40 million people; up to half a million people are hunter-gatherers also known as "pygmies" whose lives are intimately linked to the rainforest. Yet most have no legal rights to the land that has been their home for centuries, because their government can easily give the land to logging and mining companies, who then often prevent indigenous people from accessing the area. Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) is one organisation that organises social innovation "community mapping" projects in the Co...

Full article: http://www.justmeans.com/Social-Innovation-GPS-Technology...

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