Project Details


First global platform of indigenous and community lands

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Project Twitter: @LandMarkMap

Organisations Involved LandMark (@LandMarkMap)
Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara
Forest Peoples Program
Foundation for Ecological Security
Instituto del Bien Común
International Land Coalition
Philippine Association for Intercultural Development, Inc.
Rainforest Foundation UK
Red Amazónica de Información Socioambiental Georreferenciada
Rights and Resource Initiative
Union of Indigenous Nomadic Tribes of Iran/Centre for Sustainable Development
World Atlas of Indigenous Peoples' Territories
World Resources Institute

  • Community Engagement
  • Safety & Security
  • Social Exclusion
  • Data
  • Geolocation
  • Internet
  • Mobile

Earlier this year, the Ontario Divisional Board in Canada upheld a ruling that would allow the government to provide land near Ottawa for a residential development project. The ruling is problematic for the native Algonquin people, who have not approved the decision. 

The matter is at the heart of a global problem. Even though indigenous people make up just 5% of the world’s population, their ancestral lands span 65% of the Earth’s surface, yet only 10% of those lands are within their legal control.

A significant challenge indigenous people face when negotiating with governments and corporations is lack of access to recognised maps, which is why a group of 13 non-profit organisations from 11 countries came together to launch LandMark in 2015.

LandMark is the world’s first online and interactive global map which charts indigenous and community territory on a local and national level. More than just a map, LandMark also provides a platform for users to upload their own data, ask questions, and easily print charts to share with people living in areas with little internet access. 

The project has the potential not only to help the world’s estimated 5,000 indigenous communities protect their land, but also alert the international community to the significant environmental benefits that come with safeguarding indigenous territories; areas legally populated by indigenous populations see far lower decimation of trees and plant life that help to mitigate carbon emissions.  

LandMark is co-led by Instituto del Bien Común (IBC), World Atlas of Indigenous Peoples' Territories (WAIPT), Liz Alden Wily, and the World Resources Institute (WRI), and became a finalist at the 2016 Classy Award. To find out more, visit 

Image courtesy of LandMark

Last updated: 10th of August, 2016

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