Mapping Natural Resource Collection Areas from Household Survey Data in Southern Africa

Authors: Karen Bailey, University of Colorado, Michael Drake, University of Colorado, Jonathan Salerno, Colorado State University, Lin Cassidy, University of Botswana, Andrea Gaughan, University of Louisville, Forrest Stevens, University of Louisville, Narcisa Pricope, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Kyle Woodward, University North Carolina Wilmington, Henry Maseka Lukawaya, Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Zambia, Joel Hartter*, University of Colorado
Topics: Africa, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Resource Mapping, Transfrontier Conservation Area, Southern Africa, Fuelwood, Participatory Mapping, Human Livelihoods
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 44
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As conservation landscapes globally are facing enormous pressure to provide for human livelihoods, there is a growing need to understand relationships between human livelihoods and environmental processes. This often involves integrating multiple data sources capturing different scales of measurement. Participatory methods have emerged as a means to accomplish this, but are hampered by a wide range of challenges associated with data collection and translation. Here, we present a novel methodology for mapping human use of natural resources that overcomes many of the difficulties faced in participatory mapping. Based in the world’s largest terrestrial transfrontier conservation area, we couple household surveys with in-situ fine-scale mapping to identify key resource areas that support local livelihoods. This allows for a spatially referenced human use 'footprint' that can be combined with remotely-sensed data measuring environment impact. This methodology is applicable across contexts and has implications for landscape management and conservation.

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