2015 Map Competition Winners!

November 5th, 2015


Our 2015 mapping competition has three very worthy winners. All three maps illustrate the conflicts between different land uses in the eastern Congo. .From protect areas and rebel groups to community lands and logging interests, the maps starkly illustrate the contested landscapes, which continue to define resource conflicts in DRC

Moabi runs the map competition once a year to encourage Congolese GIS specialists and cartographers to highlight natural resource issues in the country.

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Moabi’s GIS Coordinator – Herve Kashongwe at hkashongwe (at) gmail.com

First place

Norra Makaka, SIGiste

Bureau d’étude « Mapping Solution »
Email address: norramakaka (at) gmail.com

Map Description

The winning map shows the locations of armed groups in North and South Kivu in eastern DRC, protected areas, and mining (cassiterite, tin, coltan, gold and lithium). It clearly illustrates the presence of armed groups within national parks. This map raises the question othe role of national parks: Are they solely preserving threatened ecosystems and biodiversity, or are they the preferred refuge of rebel groups?

Second place


Inspecteur Forestier et SIG expert for the WRI SyGIS Project
Provincial division of the Department of Sustainable Development, Orientale Province
Email address: Kikwembomartin (at) gmail.com

Map Description

This map covers the eastern provinces of DRC. It highlights existing overlap between the artisanal logging permits issued by the Province, forest tracks, protected areas, mining permits and REDD + projects. This map highlights the need to coordinate development initiatives within the region.

Third prize


Participatory mapping and GIS Manager
CREF Network
Email address: faustinbush2005 (at) yahoo.fr

Map Description

This map illustrates the results of a participatory mapping with local communities and the Walikale indigenous people in North Kivu province. The objectives were (i) to test the participatory micro-zoning and (ii) to map land use in 4 Forest Concessions for Local Communities (CFCL) of Bakano to provide guidance for a sustainable ecosystem management forestiiers. This map is both a tool to develop participatory management plans for CFCL resources and local community advocacy tool to secure their territories.