Collaborative methodology to build maps for community based conservation planning

Authors: Alexis Winter*, Field Museum, Erika Hasle*, The Field Museum
Topics: Cultural Geography, Cultural Ecology, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Conservation, Savanna, Cultural Geography, Planning, GIS,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom C, Astor, 2nd Floor
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In areas with a high degree of conflict between conservation organizations and residents maps are an important tool for community based conservation planning. Further, in situations, where community members are at an information disadvantage maps provide a way to even the playing field. However, building community trust in maps and conservation planning is a difficult process. This paper outlines the iterative process our team used to create planning maps that reflect both the conservation interests of the region and the interests of community stakeholders. These maps were built through a collaborative process that created a conversation between community members, government officials and conservation organizations. The eventual goal of this process is collaborative land management that matches the goals of the community and the desire to protect biodiversity.

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