The Matsés Indigenous Mapping Initiative: Defining Ancestral Territories, Renewing Cultural Connection to Land, and Empowering Rainforest Protection

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Conservatively estimated, the Matsés indigenous people directly protect, through their territories and traditional lands, over three million acres of rainforest in Perú alone. To date, Matsés lands have been officially represented only through maps created by and on terms of national governments and outside interests. This representation is not how the Matsés view or understand their rich ancestral landscape. In this landmark initiative, the Matsés will, for the first time ever, map over 3-million acres of their rainforest according to their worldview, culture, history, and language.

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  • South America