Aboriginal use of GPS to secure vital natural resources in forest concessions and natural parks in Congo
Norbert Gami (Wildlife Conservation Society Congo)
Paper short abstract:
The participatory mapping coupled with the training of indigenous in the manipulation of electronic devices (Global Position System) to map out the food, ritual and medicinal resources to be preserved. The new technologies has preserved the cultural values of the indigenous.
Paper long abstract:
Congo Brazzaville is a country 60% forested and located in Central Africa. Thus, in these forests live indigenous and Bantu populations. The indigenous populations of the northern part of Congo are closely dependent on natural resources for both food and other needs (medicinal, construction of huts ...). The government has allocated logging concessions in these same areas. The logging companies we work with are engaged in FSC certification. In order to ensure the cultural values of indigenous peoples, loggers have turned to anthropologists to study the practicalities of securing the key resources of communities during logging. Our approach is based on participatory mapping coupled with the training of indigenous men and women in the manipulation of electronic devices (Global Position System) to map out the food, ritual and medicinal resources to be preserved. Our article shows how the use of new technologies has preserved the cultural and material values of the indigenous populations of northern Congo.
- Social Anthropology