Landscape Visualization: Its Application for Participatory Decision Making

Authors: ELHAM Nasr Azadani*, Pennsylvania State University
Topics: Landscape, Planning Geography
Keywords: Landscape visualization, Participatory Management, Policy Making, Stakeholders Engagement
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
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The process of engaging communities, stakeholders, and public in decision making has been always a crucial factor in natural resource management. Recently, most of environmental research, assessments or modelling do not conduct without some sort of reference to stakeholders and their involvement in the process. Although this is a positive development, in myriad of cases, stakeholders’ engagement has been quite nominal, and complete successful engagement is barely achievable. There are various restrictions that cause unwillingness for public to participate. So, here an important question comes up. What are the best approaches which increase public participation for mitigating environmental problems and enhancing nature friendly attitudes and behaviors in society while they meet the aims of participatory methods? Some scholars advocate that visualization can improve understanding of the participants about potential plans, and enhance their ability to communicate their knowledge and ideas. In other words, the use of visualization can fulfill the criteria of an engaging participatory approach, fill the gaps between planners and public and provide a common language among them. Visualization is a graphical approach for displaying information, and can be referred to any techniques for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate a message. The general procedure of visualization is to turn raw data into visual components. In this paper I am going to review application of visualization in some participatory management and decision making in different times, and parts of the world with various stakeholders and planners.

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