Tools and Technologies

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An online, interactive global platform to provide maps and other
critical information on lands that are collectively held and used by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

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LandMark is the first online, interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are collectively held and used by Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The global platform is designed to help Indigenous Peoples and communities protect their land rights and secure tenure over their lands. LandMark currently provides information at two scales–community level and national level—allowing users to compare the land tenure situation across countries and within countries.

Community level data include the boundaries of lands held or used by Indigenous Peoples and communities, including lands that are formally recognized by government and those that are held under customary tenure arrangements. Clicking on the boundaries in the interactive map provides additional information about the lands.

National level data provide two categories of information for a country: 1) the amount of land held or used by Indigenous Peoples and communities as a percentage of the country’s total land area, and 2) a snapshot of the legal security of indigenous and community lands based on a review of national land and resource rights laws for each country.

Learn more about LandMark here.

Pastoralist Knowledge Hub


An online tool featuring a compilation of work on pastoralists and main stakeholders working with them to advocate for pastoralist development: UN research publications, country reports, thematic working groups, regional networks, partnerships.

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In April 2015, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub in its Rome-based headquarters in collaboration with IUCN, UNEP, EU, Germany, and World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous People.

This online tool features a compilation of work on pastoralism that has been researched and gathered by FAO, CFS, IFAD, WB, EU, IUCN, UNEP, African Union, CELEP, Veterinaires Sans Frontiers, International Institute for Environment and Development, CELEP, WISP, and WAMIP.

Pastoralist Knowledge Hub seeks to bring pastoralists and main actors working with them into mainstream dialogues for pastoralist development. It provides easy access to reports, UN research publications and thematic working groups in regional networks.

In addition, an extensive database of publications on various topics ranging from resilience to gender and youth is available here.

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An online depository of draft tools, data, and documents for indigenous communities to “systematically monitor the level of recognition and implementation of their rights”.

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World Indigenous Network would like to introduce you to a depository of technology tools for indigenous people, called Indigenous Navigator!

It is a series of draft tools and documents for indigenous communities to “systematically monitor the level of recognition and implementation of their rights” by keeping up with:

(1) The implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
(2) The outcomes of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
(3) Essential aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals

The Indigenous Navigator provides access to questionnaires, IP indicators tables, matrices, and data portals among many other useful tools to empower indigenous people.


For a detailed presentation on what Indigenous Navigator has to offer, click here.

To try out Indigenous Navigator for yourself, click here.

Geographic Information Technology


Understanding and visualizing geographic data that solve problems and identify and interpret patterns are essential to succeed in positions such as surveyors, and mapping analysts in indigenous peoples groups. This field requires the analysis of cartographic principles and recognizing the impact on economic, ethical, and legal issues as they relate to geographic information.

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VIDEO: Geographic Information Technology and local spatial knowledge: How technology can add value to indigenous and local community knowledge systems

Louis Liebenberg, director of CyberTracker Conservation (South Africa), developed cyber tracker technology to enable expert non-literate trackers to capture the observations they make in the field on a handheld computer or GPS.  Liebenberg highlights how technology can empower local people to map their own knowledge.  Technology can be a useful tool to ensure the knowledge and practices linked to a cultural and spiritual heritage do not die out.

Related information on the Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication can be found here.

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A toolkit to support conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities: Building capacity and sharing knowledge for Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs)

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On May 29th, 2013 UNDP, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC), and the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (SGP) jointly launched a toolkit designed to support civil society-led initiatives around the globe that aim to manage and conserve Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Convserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs).

In the toolkit, sixteen case studies highlight innovative tools and approaches that local communities have developed to address critical challenges affecting their ICCAs. The toolkit includes a diverse set of resources organized around five key themes (documentation, management planning, monitoring and evaluation, communication, and finance and values). The publication also offers a suite of tools to support the effectiveness and viability of ICCAs as governance structures for the protection of biodiversity and

Download the ICCA Toolkit

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