Cameroon releases guidelines and training materials for participatory mapping

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The Tenure Facility pilot project in Cameroon has created a toolkit for implementing standard methodology for participatory community mapping. Civil society organizations and government ministries in Cameroon are committed to using the methodology, which is now available on the Tenure Facility website. However, the toolkit could be useful beyond Cameroon in the Congo Basin, other regions in Africa, and perhaps Asia and Latin America.

The toolkit was developed by Rainbow Environment Consult, the Tenure Facility’s implementing partner, working with the pilot’s method leaders: Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and Rainforest Foundation United Kingdom (RFUK). It was endorsed by the pilot’s Strategic Advisory Group (SAG), which includes representatives of government ministries with responsibility for land tenure and natural resources, the National Institute of Cartography, the National Council of Traditional Chiefs, the Central Africa Network of Parliamentarians, international and national NGOs, research centers CIFOR and ICRAF, and associations representing forest, agriculture, and mining industries. SAG members believe the methodology will help them avoid decisions that stir new conflicts, support conflict resolution, and reduce the high social and economic costs of conflict in Cameroon.

Cameroon’s National Program for Participatory Development plans to use the standard methodology when creating and updating municipal development plans. The methodology will also be used in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, proceedings of Land Advisory Boards and several international initiatives.

Available in English and French, the toolkit includes a guide to implementing the methodology, a policy brief on participatory mapping and land and resource law in Cameroon, and a poster explaining the process step-by-step.