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PLA series co-editor Holly Ashley discusses special issue on PGIS practice

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The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) ... ... is a global think tank, and we work with partners from around the world ... ... on projects covering themes such as natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, ... ... drylands biodiversity, forestry land use, climate change, human settlements, and so on. As part of that, we publish an informal journal called "Participatory Learning and Action." "Participatory Learning and Action" as an informal journal, started in 1998 ... ... and it was originally called "RRA Notes," which is "Rapid Rural Appraisal Notes," ... ... and later "PLA Notes," "Participatory Learning and Action Notes." It's remit has always been to show learning and best practice from the ground, ... ... so to act as a voice from the field on the use of participatory methodologies and approaches. We also look at the processes used in participatory approaches to development, ... ... issues of power and empowerment. We look at issues to do with institutionalization and scaling up from the local level ... ... to sub national, national, and international. I think it is particularly relevant to PGIS [Participatory GIS] because we also look ... ... at new innovations in methodologies and how they develop. PGIS is an emerging discipline, which is not just about the technology, ... ... the GIS technology, spatial information analysis, but it is also about how communities ... ... use this technology, and how people work with them ... ... in a participatory way to work out local needs and priorities for development. In particular, I think this conference [Mapping for Change, 2005] covers emerging angles ... ... that perhaps have not been looked at before, such as cultural heritage ... ... and preserving intangible cultural heritage. It is not just about natural resource management. It is also about communications ... ... and spatial learning of indigenous knowledge. As this conference is about spatial information and communication, it is particularly relevant to us ... ... because we want to be able to communicate best practice to our readers around the world. We are intending to publish a special issue, which is coming out in April, 2006, ... ... which will include 12 papers which have been presented at this conference, ... ... as well as a special overview on participatory GIS mapping. That will be sent out to our readership, which is in over 150 countries around the world, ... ... and we believe reaches over 10,000 readers. It is spreading communication globally and we think it is going to be really, really useful. It will also help to encourage the debate about best practice ... ... and perhaps in another five years we will produce another special issue ... ... and see where we have gone from here. 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: 3 minutes and 30 seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Producer: CTA
Director: Giacomo Rambaldi
Views: 102
Posted by: giacomo on Dec 2, 2009

In this interview Holly Ashley, co-editor of Participatory Learning and Action (PLA), an informal journal published by IIED in the UK, discusses plans to publish a special issue of PLA on PGIS practice. In particular, she focuses on how the issue plans to promote the spread of good practice through the use of participatory approaches. PLA 54 Mapping for Change: practice, technologies and communication was published by IIED and CTA in 2006. In 2007, the issue was translated into 12 languages and republished in electronic format on DVD.

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