Earlier this month, National Geographic made big news: the discovery of what it called a "lost city" below the thick jungles of Honduras. While the coverage has led to scientists crying sensationalism, it also resulted this week in a commitment of protection by the Honduras President, Juan Orlando Hernández, for a long-neglected portion of the country.
Participatory Mapping Work Begins With the Matawaai
In February, ACT staff traveled to the upper Saramacca river in Suriname for one month to commence a two-year participatory mapping project with the Matawaai maroon people. They trained community members in the GPS technology required to map their own land from a local perspective. They also undertook their own data collection, recording Matawaai names for landscape features for more than 100 kilometers along the Saramacca and Tukumutu rivers.