For more than five years Native Future’s land tenure program has supported the Wounaan to map and title their lands, and protect their rainforests. Currently, we are helping the Wounaan learn how to articulate their territorial claims in precise latitude and longitude, as well as document incursions onto their land from ranchers or loggers. To this end, Native Future volunteer and GIS Specialist Cameron Ellis was dispatched to Panama in March 2012 to train a group of Wounaan in GPS technology and mapping. Together, Cameron and his team of Wounaan trainees collected GPS points and mapped the community of Cemaco, one of the remaining 10 Wounaan communities petitioning the government for title. The following is an abridged account of Cameron’s work. (For full account, go to www.nativefuture.org.)
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