Land use mapping involves the whole community.

Women play an important role in Tavolo since customary land ownership is matrilineal.

The community create an ‘on the ground’ map that is transferred to paper.

Tavolo and two neighbouring village communities are protecting 15,000 ha of high conservation value forest a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme (PES).

4000 ha have been set aside for ecoforestry.

Participatory land use mapping is a powerful tool for both community planning and also to assert land rights with the government and companies.