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Ethics are central to community-based mapping processes

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Ethics are essential in several contexts. One is that the crisis of the abuse of natural resources in Africa ... ... is one that arises from bad ethical problems. This not taking seriously the rights of communities, ... ... not taking seriously the value of biodiversity and cultural diversity. If you reproduce bad ethical behavior within mapping processes, ... ... you are actually making the problem more serious. You are alienating and undermining communities. Part of the approach to good governance, to democracy, to development, ... ... to integrated and thoughtful approaches to natural resource management ... ... and the management of our diversity is to have a good ethical practice. It cuts two ways, in the sense that if you are not good at your ethics, ... ... your map is not going to be a community-driven process. It's not going to be effective in telling a true and honest story. The other side of it is that bad ethics contribute to an undermining of the value system ... ... that has to drive governance. Governance is a normative, value-driven process, so practitioners ... ... have to be very strong in their ethics. They are working often with very vulnerable communities, ... ... in sometimes corrupt and abusive environments, ... ... so you need that ethical approach to bind the players together, ... ... and have an honest and good quality process. Educational Video produced in the framework of the project " Support the spread of good practice in .... ... generating, managing, analysing, and communicating spatial information"

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Duration: 1 minute and 57 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: South Africa
Language: English
Producer: CTA
Director: Giacomo Rambaldi
Views: 124
Posted by: giacomo on Feb 25, 2010

Dr. Nigel Crawhall, Director of Secretariat at the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC), a pan-African network, elaborates on the value of ethics in the context of participatory mapping processes.

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