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Participatory 3D Modelling: a review

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Participatory 3D Modelling: a review ... In 1993, the Chiang Mai University organized a workshop ... ... in Thailand, inviting representatives from the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, ... ... where they trained NGO representatives in Participatory 3D Modelling. Since then a lot of models were done in the Philippines ... ... in the context of indigenous territories. And there are a couple of NGOs, which were quite active in the field: ... ... PAFID being one, Green Forum Visayas, and AnthroWatch, to name a few. They developed 3D models, generally at 1:5000 scale, of ancestral territories. The documents, which were produced, the maps, ... ... were used to claim ancestral rights on given territories. This led later on also to the issuance of ancestral domain titles. Let's say that in the Philippines, there is a quite favourable legal environment ... ... for community mapping, in the sense that to claim ancestral rights, ... ... indigenous communities have to prepare a number of documents. There is a law - the IPRA Law (Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act) - ... ... and quite clear requirements were spelled out. In using 3D models coupled with GPS and GIS facilities, ... ... the indigenous groups, with the assistance of technology intermediaries, NGOs ... ... were able to produce the documents necessary for the claims. In 1996, I was working in the Philippines, and I started considering doing 3D models ... ... because I saw some, which were done by these NGOs. I worked a lot in terms of improving the coding systems ... ... and the extraction process. I developed a dedicated website and also manuals, ... ... which raised worldwide interest about the methodology. Personally, I thought that this was a real breakthrough ... ... in terms of community empowerment, and so, I invested a lot of my private time ... ... and resources to develop this Internet interfaces. I must say that has been extremely successful. One manual, which I produced with some colleagues and was published within a project ... I was working for, has been downloaded about 24,000 times. Wherever I go in the world, people ask me: "Do you have this document?" I say: "Yes, you got it from the Internet, from my website." I did also some training in other countries like Vietnam, ... ... where a lot of our models have done since then, particularly by WWF. I did training in the Pacific, in Fiji, also through WWF. Now, there are replications, which are being done ... ... in Papua New Guinea and in other countries in the Pacific. A number of models have been done in Latin America: ... ... in Peru, in Colombia, and in Nicaragua. Now, major agencies are adopting the method as a planning tool, ... ... as a tool to negotiate boundaries, as a tool to deal with conflict resolution, ... ... and as a tool to map out local knowledge and preserve intangible cultural heritage. This exercise we are doing now here in Africa (Kenya) is the first of its kind. This is the first 3D model, which has been developed in Africa. The exercise was done with the intention of training representatives ... ... from NGOs in English-speaking countries, and we have 14 of them who are with us. I'm sure that some of them will replicate the methodology in their respective countries. There are other exercises, which we are planning in French-speaking Africa ... ... and also Southern Africa, ... ... to further consolidate the skills among key players in the different regions. There will be also exercises in the Caribbean because the Caribbean falls ... ... under the mandate of the organisation I'm working for. In November 2007, Participatory 3D Modelling was granted the World Summit Award (WSA 2007) in the category e-culture). The method has been considered as one of the 40 best practice examples of quality e-content in the world.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 26 seconds
Country: Netherlands
Language: English
Producer: CTA
Director: Giacomo Rambaldi
Views: 160
Posted by: giacomo on Nov 24, 2009

Giacomo Rambaldi makes a a summary of his involvement in the improvement, development, promotion and dissemination of a participatory mapping method better known asl Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM).

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