Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, with support from CTA, facilitates participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) events to help settle disputes over land and resource ownership between the local and indigenous communities in the district of Baïbokoum, Chad. Since 2012, her efforts have helped to maintain dialogue on peace in the area. With support from FAO, a pastoral code has also been developed that recognises the land rights of the nomadic M’Bororo people. Ministry of livestock allocated 6,000km of land corridors through which herders can now move their cattle.

Three-dimensional knowledge sharing

Interview with Debora Linga, funder of Tribal Peoples Development

Leaving an uninspiring office job, Debora Linga received support from CTA to set-up her own NGO, Tribal Peoples Development in Suriname. Thanks to her Saramaccan tribal origins, she is able to truly apply a participatory approach to development. We caught up with Debora to learn how she is generating lasting impact in her local community and how CTA is involving indigenous people in the development of solutions to the issues they face.

Topographic relief model captures the past and present to help plan the future of Nauru

Participatory three-dimensional modelling for rehabilitation, conservation and protection of ecosystems in Nauru

March 21, 2017

The beauty of participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) is that it is highly visual and tactile: local people manufacture a relief model of the territory where they live and plot on it land uses and related vulnerabilities, as well as local resources and socio-cultural features. P3DM has proved to be an effective tool for collaborative planning and natural resource management worldwide. This practice was introduced in Nauru, in April 2016, with the main purpose of encouraging cooperation between communities and local government, while seeking ecological resilience. Nauru is an isolated Pacific island striving to drive viable developments after a century of uncontrolled extractive industry, economic recessions, failed investments and heightened exposure to the impacts of climate change.

Knowledge like water: nurturing growth

Participatory 3D mapping in North Darfur

January 4, 2017

North Darfur is a dry, dusty place for much of the year; but when it rains, it comes alive with greenery. Wadi El Ku, a seasonal watercourse, suddenly flows providing water to thousands of people, their livestock and crops, which is the lifeline or breadbasket in El Fasher town, the capital of North Darfur, home to approximately 700 thousand people.

However, in the past 20 years, there has been widespread environmental degradation compounded by climate change. This video animation shows how local communities have been joining forces to find solutions, particularly as they relate to water scarcity and poor water management.