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Participatory Mapping and Community Empowerment for Climate Change Adaptation, Planning and Advocacy

A week-long awareness raising and planning workshop on Participatory Mapping and Community Empowerment for Climate Change policy making had place in Honiara, Solomon Islands, bringing together more than 80 people from 17 countries to share experiences on the adoption of innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and approacheso to help address current development challenges, included land use planning and climate change decision making in fragile ecosystems. 

During the workshop, expert presenters and facilitators working in the region shared case studies and lessons learned and discuss the benefits, challenges, and ethical considerations involved in the process of undertaking Participatory 3 Dimensional Modelling (P3DM). Local community members from Naro village, Honiara, have been actively engaged in the contruction of a mini-model, providing hands-on experience on P3DM to participants. At the end of the workshop, the 3D model has been officially delivered to Naro community to be used by villagers as a tool to collectively plan the management of natural resources and to strategise on climate change adaptation.

As the experiences shared during the workshop have proved, “participatory mapping is more than making a map”; indeed, participatory mapping activities in general, and participatory 3D Modelling in particular, can be important tools to raise people’s awareness about their land, to identify the gradual impacts of climate change on traditional territories and to help to envisage possible future scenarios and take informed decisions. However, the “human side” of mapping is not less important. P3D Modelling can in fact be a way to bond community’s relationship, to elicit tacit spatial knowledge, making people aware of the fact that they know and that their knowledge is valuable, to strengthen inter-generational transmission of local knowledge and to revitalise vernacular language.

Daily blogposts of the event have been posted at the links provided below.

Kitano Mendano Hotel, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU, The Nature Conservancy, UNDP, Partners With Melanesi,
Giulia Pedone


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