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Logging with care in Congo
John James, from the BBC, reports about the use of satellite images in tracking timber concessions in the Republic of Congo.
"The Mbendjele people of Congo-Brazzaville are using the latest satellite mapping technology to stake claim to a rainforest, two-thirds of which may be gone in 50 years.
The Mbendjele take [hand-held satellite technology] into the forest to create maps showing places of community importance. A specially designed touch-screen shows several images. For example, there is one for hunting, another for a cemetery, and another for a sacred tree. When these icons are pressed, the handheld device makes a note of the satellite co-ordinates. The women of the village take obvious pride in pointing out these features on their newly printed maps. They don't need the maps themselves of course, but for the first time they have a record of how they use the land that can help them discuss their land rights with companies and the government. "
Read the entire article here.
Posted By Anne-Sophie Samjee at 9:31am on October 15, 2007
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