Participatory Mapping in Venda – creating visions for restoring riverine forest environments

By Dr Natasha Constant

Since 2018, I have been working with the community-based organisation Dzomo La Mupo and the South African Research Chair on Biodiversity and Change at the University of Venda, to develop a series of management plants to guide their work to support the planting of indigenous trees with a wider aim to rehabilitate riverine forests and sacred forests on their lands. In 2018, we worked with a small group of elders and youth representatives from the villages of Vuvha and Tshidzivhe in the Vhembe District of the north-east Limpopo Province to create a collective vision for the restoration of their land and forest environments using participatory maps.

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