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LLILAS Initiative on Participatory Mapping and the Struggle for Land and Resources

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Bjørn Sletto, Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning, School of Architecture

Community-based, participatory mapping has become an important tool for indigenous, Afro-descendant and other marginalized people in their struggles to secure their land and resource rights. However, participatory mapping need to be reconceptualized in light of emerging threats stemming from industrial agriculture, extractivism, climate change, and other pressures on land and resource rights. Indigenous people and community leaders are now forging new approaches to radical, participatory mapping for local development, resource management, and cultural conservation. This LLILAS  initiative seeks to further conversation and research about these issues and to develop innovative strategies for participatory mapping practice. Participants include scholars, practitioners and indigenous and community leaders across the United States and Central and South America.

Participatory mapping in Vista Alegre, Pemon territory, Gran Sabana, Venezuela.

Participatory mapping in Vista Alegre, Pemon territory, Gran Sabana, Venezuela.

Elders’ mental map, Peraitepuy, Pemon territory, Gran Sabana, Venezuela.

Elders’ mental map, Peraitepuy, Pemon territory, Gran Sabana, Venezuela.

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