More than half the villages of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are affected by a peculiar issue of tenurial ambiguity called “orange areas.”
A brief history of the orange areas can be found here.
This issue impacts nearly 1.2 million hectares and 1.5 million families, that depend on these lands for food, fuel, fodder and other sources of income. Largely, poor, tribal and landless families are affected by the problem. This lack of tenurial clarity also impacts forest protection outcomes in the state and constrains the achievement of biodiversity, water and climate targets.
MAPTenure, the first of its kind Web-based platform brings together dispersed, fragmented and dated data that is necessary to resolve the issue. The platform will support efforts to bring in clarity on the orange areas by government agency, civil society organisations and community based initiatives.
In its current version, MAPTenure (beta) provides a database of over 4000 villages in the districts of Sidhi, Singrauli, Shahdol, Anuppur and Umaria of Madhya Pradesh. The technical note which explains how the platform’s beta version works and describes the methodology for data collection, collation, and analysis, can be found here .