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Combining remote sensing techniques and participatory mapping to reconcile the current reality of the territory with the principles of conservation and restoration within Forest Reserves.

Authors: Luis Sanchez-Ayala*, Universidad de los Andes
Topics: Applied Geography, Qualitative Methods, UAS / UAV
Keywords: participatory mapping, zoning, conservation
Session Type: Poster
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In 2013, the Colombian Supreme Court ordered the environmental agency to formulate a new management and zoning plan for the Forest Reserve of Bogotá. Following that order, the new plan was formulated in 2016. However, the new plan did not took into account the population living within the reserve. Therefore, the resulting zoning does not correspond to the reality of the territory, in terms of the current land uses and activities observed in the area. This means that the zoning of the reserve not only ignores the existence of these peasants, but also becomes an instrument of forced displacement and expulsion.

In this scenario, we propose the formulation of multidimensional management plans that have as a principle the current reality of the territory. From that perspective, we start from the individual property scale, and then consider a sector scale that harmonizes the individual, which would lead us to have a much more complete picture on a general scale. To develop these plans, we design a methodology that requires the use of remote sensors, in addition to participatory mapping activities. This information then feeds a spatial analysis using geographic information systems that allow us to visualize and reconcile the current reality of the territory with the principles of conservation and restoration pursued by the Forest Reserve.

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