Knowledge like water: nurturing growth Participatory 3D mapping in North Darfur

Posted: Thursday, 5 January 2017

North Darfur is a dry, dusty place for much of the year; but when it rains, it comes alive with greenery. Wadi El Ku, a seasonal watercourse, suddenly flows providing water to thousands of people, their livestock and crops, which is the lifeline or breadbasket in El Fasher town, the capital of North Darfur, home to approximately 700 thousand people. However, in the past 20 years, there has been w ...

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Mapping deep in the jungle: our experience among Saramaccan Peoples

Posted: Thursday, 31 March 2016

In July 2015 local residents and leaders from 14 indigenous Saramaccan villages, located along the upper Suriname River, collaborated with local and international NGOs to create a physical 3D representation of their traditional land and waters using participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM). The mapped area is sparsely populated and characterised by externally-driven logging and mining ac ...

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Being on a map means to exist: the Saramaccan experience

Posted: Wednesday, 9 March 2016

In February 2016, 18 Saramaccan community representatives from the Brownsweg and Upper Suriname River areas met in the capital of Suriname, Paramaribo, with key stakeholders and policymakers. The event was organised by the Saramaccan Peoples to share the results of a two-year process which led to the visualisation and documentation of their traditional environmental knowledge over a vast ...

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