Participatory GIS and local knowledge enhancement for community carbon forestry planning: an example from Cameroon (PLA 54)

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Published: April 2006
Participatory Learning and Action
Product code:G02954
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Participatory Learning and Action 54 – Mapping for change: practice, technologies and communication

Peter A. Minang and Michael K. McCall examine how PGIS facilitates the use of local/indigenous knowledge in community forestry planning for carbon sequestration in Cameroon. PGIS practice often evolves to address specific issues being faced by a community. This means that multiple tools might be used together, or in sequence to deal with those issues. Accessing payments for environmental services such as carbon mitigation requires extensive and expensive technical information for baselines and monitoring, which local communities often lack. Community spatial knowledge can be a vital source of information, but the local knowledge representations need to be translated into a format appropriate for accessing Kyoto Protocol and other carbon funds. The authors explore the extent to which PGIS can enhance the use of local and indigenous knowledge in the carbon certification processes.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See:

Article in: PLA 54. Guest-edited by: Giacomo Rambaldi, Jon Corbett, Michael K. McCall, Rachel Olson, Julius Muchemi, Peter Kwaku Kyem, Daniel Wiener, Robert Chambers

Keywords: mapping, Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PGIS), PPGIS, Geographic Information Technologies and Systems, geo-spatial information management tools, sketch maps, participatory 3D models (P3DM), aerial photographs, satellite imagery, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), software.

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