MappingForRights Update 2.2: New Data on Customary Rights, Socio-economic Village Data and More

Customary Rights

MFR UPdate 2.2 Tenure 150Level 3 access users are now able to view the first batch of new customary tenure data from 32 communities in the Lukolela territory in Equateur province, DRC – revealing a previously ‘invisible’ extensive network of clan-based customary tenure systems. The villages have with a combined population of some 56,000 people and have mapped claims covering an area of 326,000 hectares. 

Socio-economic Village Data

All users clicking on villages from the 2013-2014 data sets will be able to access geo-referenced information on access to education and healthcare, local perceptions of poverty and development priorities and traditional forest management practices among other things. There is also media available for many of the villages – providing insights into the lives and concerns of people.Socio Data 150

(Please log-in or register for the interactive map and then click on the orange new data button below the legend on the map to view these new datasets).

Logging concessions and protected areas

Updated 2013 data from the World Resources Institute (WRI), including the first datasets from Equatorial Guinea.

Source: World Resources Institute (WRI)

CARPE Landscapes

The Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) was first authorised by the U.S. Government in 1995 and was initially proposed as a 20-year regional initiative divided into three strategic phases, the last of which began in 2014. The majority of CARPE funds are allocated to support integrated landscape approaches to conservation essentially managed by a consortium of U.S based conservation organisations, in conjunction with the Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and other regional entities. Today around 40 per cent of the Congo Basin is designated under twelve priority CARPE/CBFP ‘landscapes’ – a number of which are trans-boundary.

Source: CARPE

Other Updates

Changes to user access levels and database use agreements

MappingForRights is amending the user data access levels and associated terms of use to take account of the new data on customary rights that is now coming on stream and holds many possible sensitivities for communities. Please refer to your Database User Agreements on the ‘My Interactive Map’ section of the Interactive Map page for more details.

If you do not currently have, but would like, access to all the datasets available, please contact us at with a detailed explanation of why and how you intend to use the data. We will then discuss this request with colleagues and partners and get back to you as soon as we can. For more info on why there are different access levels, please refer to the FAQ section of the website.

Registration & log-in glitches

We are aware that some of you are having some difficulties in accessing the site sometimes. We are working to try and simplify the application process – but in the mean-time please don’t hesitate to contact us should you require assistance.