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Environmental monitoring and indigenous community mapping in Panama: other sciences and other diplomacies

InsSciDE’s Open Conference Erlangen
Thursday 25 November

NH Hotel Erlangen [Webinar]

Introduced and moderated by:
Jean Foyer (CNRS) and Nina Wormbs (KTH)

Chris Hoornaert – Ambassador, European Delegation to Panama
Jorge Ventocilla - Tenure Facility
Maria Carmen Ruiz - FAO
Carlos Doviaza - GeoIndigena
Eliana Galarza – Tenure Facility

By remote connection with Panama, we reflect on community mapping. Promoted at the international level by NGOs, indigenous organizations, and international institutions, community mapping is a way to both secure indigenous territory and monitor the environment, considering the fact that, most of the time, indigenous territories are better conserved than others. With the rise and democratization of mapping technologies (drones, GPS, GIS,…) this kind of activity implies a mix of hi-tech science and traditional knowledge of the territory, creating new hybrid epistemologies. It also implies different forms of negotiations between different worlds, in particular intercultural and political negotiations between indigenous organizations and institutional actors at national and international levels. In a crucial diplomatic year for global environmental governance (COP15 Biodiversity in China and COP26 Climate Change in Scotland) environmental monitoring through community mapping is then another promising way of fighting deforestation and climate change, opening intercultural and political dialogue with indigenous people.

This webinar is made possible by the collaboration of CREDA and with the kind cooperation of the European Delegation to Panama, whose Head of Delegation will open the proceedings.

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