Monday, June 29, 2015

Using Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) to facilitate community decision making: a case study from the Vanuatu Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project

This report focuses on the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project in In Vanuatu, which focuses on coastal zone management, and specifically the coastal roads on the island of Epi, which are being damaged by flooding and coastal erosion. The project is working with local communities to develop appropriate solutions that contribute to more resilient infrastructure.

The PACC Vanuatu project team identified participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) as a valuable tool to facilitate community participation and decision making in the project.
P3DM involves the building of three dimensional (3D) relief maps by communities, combining local knowledge of geography and land use with geo-referenced data. The map then forms the basis for discussion and decision making on project interventions.

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Related Vlogpost: Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM) for bottom-up decision-making in Vanuatu

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Maptionnaire - Helsinki's brave idea to bring planning to the masses

Maptionnaire is an online platform that allows you to create map-based questionnaires for different types of cases when you need to ask "where". Respondents can for example pin locations, and draw routes or lines. It's up to the project manager to think what kind of issues he/she wants to ask and build an appropriate questionnaire with Maptionnaire's editor tool. The project manager can also include options for adding written and/or multiple choice or open ended questions. Traditional survey questions that are not linked to geo-specific entries may also be included. The project manager has the discretion to invite respondents and the results can be reviewed with Maptionnaire's built-in analytical tool. The results can be exported to all major GIS software if needed.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Indonesia - Dayaks and Drones- How technology can promote sustainable forests and communities

Even a well-managed, recognised forest faces constant challenges but innovative drone GPS technology, cooperative campaigning, local government support and eco-tourism are helping the Setulang people thrive. They have shown that community rights, the environment and development go hand in hand.

Setulang boasts clean water, sustainable fishing and hunting, building materials, fruit and traditional medicine, a ‘life bank’ for future generations. But by being in a heavily forested area they still face the growing threat of timber, oil palm and mining companies. The head of the village is looking to find new and innovative solutions to protect his land and a team of experts from West Kalimantan may have the answer. GPS based drones are being used for the first time to map community land and the results have been impressive.