Friday, July 30, 2010

Participatory 3D Modelling used for the development of a community conserved area management plan in Mexico

Maps like this one will help the communties to
have a better understanding of resources
when developing their management plans;
Photo: Irma Juan Carlos
Oaxaca, Mexico: From March until May 2010, three university students from Chile and Mexico supported the ongoing work of Chinantec research teams to develop a management plan for their community conserved areas.

Andrés Basante, a master's student from the Environmental Geography Research Center of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (CIGA - UNAM), led a series of community mapping workshops.
Tomás Ibarra, a master's student at the University of Kent, conducted fieldwork for his dissertation on the influence of a hunting moratorium on socio-cultural change in the Chinantla.
Antonia Barreau worked as a research collaborator to conduct a short study entitled “Effects of conservation activities on diet patterns in Chinantec communities”.
These results will be returned to the communities to be integrated into their management programs.

by Claudia Camacho
Mesoamerica Coordinator

Source: Global Diversity Foundation Update; Issue 4, July 2010

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