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Peter Minang

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My name is Peter Minang. I am currently a researcher at the International Institute for Geo Information Sciences ... ... and Earth Observation in the Netherlands, and a geographer by trade. You have been using PGIS practice in the context of carbon, mitigation, ... ... and you are also training community members in establishing ... ... the necessary monitoring and recording systems. In your view, do you think that it is something that can be replicated? And if so, do they require external support or can they do it independently? I think there are two phases to that. First, with regards to the work that we are doing, I would say in terms of replicating ... ... the methodology itself, using the equipment, recording, monitoring, measuring, ... ... and keeping records of the carbon. I think they can do it, because we are giving them an awful lot of training in that respect. And they are responding very positively. I think even the people we thought would not be able to cope very well, ... ... that is the people with very little education, maybe basic education, ... ... I think that went quite well. But I must also say that there is a minimum of equipment involved in that, ... ... because they have to use mobile GIS devices, they need GPSs, ... ... they need basic measuring equipment in the forest. I think that, for some communities, that may be possible to have, ... ... but for others, it may not be possible to have, ... ... because all the communities are not the same. In that respect, the communities that can afford the equipment may not need that much support, ... ... maybe basically looking at more hands on training. But for communities that do not have that equipment, ... ... I think they will require some support from the outside, ... ... in terms of providing that equipment and in terms of perhaps giving them training. You have clearly indicated that some of the communities can afford for themselves ... ... to get the equipment that they need. But what about the communities that will be receiving external support, ... ... how do you foresee them managing to continue that program, but independently? We thought about that, as well, so we are looking at capacity issues ... ... and institutional support. We hope that with the institutional support that we are providing as part of our training, ... ... they should be able to develop proposals, and to raise funds on their own, ... ... and to solicit support from the outside. So you have already had measures in place to take care of that? Yes, we are doing something about that, as well. But in the long run, it depends on how dynamic the communities are. But I believe this will still be part of their training, in terms of leaving and how you'll exit, ... ... that they can be able to be on their own? Yes, sure, sure. We are doing capacity building training as well, developing their institutions, ... ... looking at possibilities of raising funds for their work. In the long run, we hope that they will eventually get money from the Kyoto Protocol, ... ... the CDM [clean development mechanism] Project, and then they will be able to recycle that and reinvest that to keep going. 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: 4 minutes and 26 seconds
Country: Netherlands
Language: English
Producer: CTA
Director: Giacomo Rambaldi
Views: 264
Posted by: giacomo on Nov 12, 2009

Peter Minang

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