Empowering Indigenous Peoples and Promoting Collaborative Natural Resource Management Through Mobile Interactive Gis (Migis)
Deforestation caused by the felling of trees for firewood is a major cause of global environmental degradation. This is of particular concern in the headwaters of major catchments where increased runoff, erosion, and sediment yield impact on all those living down stream. While the link between forest clearance and the ability of farmers to sustain production is understood, the pressures on farmers in these marginal areas to survive from year to year are less well appreciated. The challenge, therefore, is to get these communities to recognize their situation and work out their own solution rather than suffer the imposition of well meaning, but too often inappropriate, top-down intervention.
KeywordsIndigenous People Geographic Information System Forest Clearance Environmental Protection Bureau Lemon Grass
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