Recommended for use in Module M05
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Dr. Robert Chambers elaborates on Participatory GIS (PGIS) practice

Duration: 7:33
Recommended for use in: M01, M05, M06

Robert Chambers from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK, reflects on participatory development and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the resulting good and bad practices. In the interview, Robert calls on practitioners and development agencies to ensure that good practice is put in place to avoid repeating the misuse of Participatory Rural Appraisal that occurred in the 1980s and 1990s. ... more.
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Interview with Mr. Kenn Mondiai from Partners with Melanesians

Duration: 4:36
Recommended for use in: M01, M05

Kenn Mondiai, Executive Director of "Partners with Melanesians", a non-governmental organisation based in Papua New Guinea, reports on the importance of adopting sound Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PGIS) practices in his country. He comments on the fact that forest management in Papua New Guinea is quite a controversial issue and tends to be extractive and unsustainable. The non-governmental organisation for which Kenn is working is planning to move from using conventional Geographic Information Systems to more inclusive methods like Participatory 3D Modelling, which he came to know in Fiji. Kenn further explains the reasons behind his new vision, including the need for integrating local knowledge into planning processes and maximising grassroots participation at all stages of project implementation. ... more.
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The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and PGIS practice

Duration: 2:00
Recommended for use in: M05

Reiko Yoshida, Assistant Programme Specialist, Intangible Heritage Section at UNESCO, France, elaborates on the relevance of the Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage during the Mapping for Change Conference, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2005. In her interview Reiko anticipates that once the convention is ratified a fund will be set up. Inventorying intangible cultural heritage is one of the areas the fund will cover, and where Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PGIS) practitioners could seek support. ... more.