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Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Sets Out to Help Villages in Chad Map Precious Resources

Desertification has shrunk farming and grazing lands and nomads such as the Mbororo – Ibrahim’s people – and farmers are being pushed into conflict while government and military land grabs have further reduced access to water. To help mitigate tensions, Ibrahim is working with communities to produce maps to enable them to agree on the sharing of natural resources. Using high-resolution satellite images, Ibrahim and representatives from EOS Data Analytics ran workshops with leaders from 23 villages in Mayo-Kebbi Est to map 1,728 sqkm. People added features such as rivers, settlements and roads, as well as sacred forests, medicinal trees, water points and corridors for cattle. Laminated copies of the maps were distributed to each community. She is conducting a similar exercise on the shores of Lake Chad. Ibrahim, who has chaired Indigenous people’s initiatives at four UN climate conferences and was listed by Time as one of 15 women leading on climate action in 2019, wants to use the map to show how Indigenous-led crisis response can be combined with technology – and work.