The importance of integrated approaches to participatory
development and management of natural resources have
been emphasized in many international fora on
In Rio de Janeiro, the 1992 United Nations Conference on
Environment and Development (UNCED) devoted Chapter 10
of its Agenda 21 to this topic, noting that:
requirements and economic activities are placing ever
increasing pressures on land resources, creating
competition and conflicts and resulting in suboptimal
use of both land and land resources. If, in the future,
human requirements are to be met in a sustainable
manner, it is now essential to resolve these conflicts
and move towards more effective and efficient use of
land and its natural resources. Integrated physical and
land use planning and management is an eminently
practical way to achieve this. By examining all uses of
land in an integrated manner, it makes it possible to
minimize conflicts, to make the most efficient tradeoffs
and to link social and economic development with
environmental protection and enhancement, thus helping
to achieve the objectives of sustainable development.
The essence of the integrated approach finds expression
in the coordination of the sectoral planning and
management activities concerned with the various aspects
of land use and land resources."
aims at sharing significant progress in visualizing community-based knowledge
and perceptions and
in providing stakeholders and less-favored community members added stake in
tailoring and owning development and natural resource management
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Great site! man what an impact it has made
in my life. I now remember why I went to the university
for Geography and Planning. These are great tools when
used properly to solve problems and bring people together
to find solutions. Very informative and very well
thought-out web site. One of the best I have seen in terms
of content. I attended Southwest Texas State University in
San Marcos, Texas, USA. Geography Dept. this is the kind
of material that is needed to put a different spin on
Geography and its uses. Thanks for many wonderful and
-- William Fratianni, USA
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and think that it is fantastic! You have so much
information and exactly in the field I am interested in
GIS and developing countries. I ahve been looking for a
one-stop site like this all night and will definitely be
passing it on to all interested parties I know. Thanks so
much.... I'll be visiting regularly!
-- M'lis Flynn, Aboriginal
Resource Management Program, Australia
This is a very interesting Website. Thank
god I came across it. I also have a question I would like
to ask. Has this been used as a method in disputed land
claims? I only ask as I will be going to Mindoro to work
on a project near Calapan where land claims are an issue.
-- Mario Lopez, Philippines
Congratulations on assembling a wonderful
and educational web site on participatory 3-D Mapping. It
seems you're approach has been used quite successfully.
You've created a significant "geo-participatory" legacy in
just a few years. I'm inspired by the distance learning
potential of your web-site.
-- Greg Ira, IIRR, PHL