Indigenous and Community Lands Worldwide

FormallyRecognizedIndigenousandCommunityLands
Formally Recognized Indigenous and Community Lands as a Percentage of Total Land Area – Source: http://www.landmarkmap.org
NotFormallyRecognizedIndigenousandCommunityLands
Not Formally Recognized Indigenous and Community Lands as a Percentage of Total Land Area – Source: http://www.landmarkmap.org

These maps show the estimated area of land held or used by Indigenous Peoples and non-indigenous communities per country as a percentage of the country’s total land area. The data are divided into formally recognized (i.e., lands recognized by the State), and not formally recognized (i.e., lands held or used but not recognized by the State). The percentages are calculated by dividing the total land area of the country (calculated in GIS using the GADM Database of Global Administrative Areas) by the estimated area of the land held or used by Indigenous Peoples and communities.

The methods or resources used for estimating the amount of land held or used vary for different countries or regions of the world. They may be based on information collected from published reports and websites of credible organizations, the gray literature of experts and land rights organizations or, when there is no information published, the estimates of experts in combination with a method that excludes all non-indigenous and community lands (e.g., urban land, protected areas).

For some countries and categories, “No data” is displayed in lieu of a percentage.  No data represents one of two scenarios: 1) there was not enough information found through research to make an estimate; or 2) the country or category has not yet been evaluated.

These maps come from LandMark – the first online, interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are collectively held and used by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

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