Saturday, May 26, 2012

Solomon Islands will benefit from participatory mapping workshop

Daniel Namosuaia in the Solomon Star: Solomon Island communities will greatly benefit from a new approach to climate change adaptation. This approach combines traditional knowledge of our people and technology to adapt to climate change issues that is hitting hard on coastal communities.

Highlight of the workshop is the Participatory three-dimensional modeling (P3DM). A community based mapping method that used local knowledge with scientific data like the elevation of the land and depth of the sea to produce stand-alone, scaled and geo-referenced relief models.

This method, integrated with more sophisticated tools can enhance resilience to climate change by adding value to traditional knowledge and promoting its integration in adaptation planning and advocacy processes.

Senior Coordinator of Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Giacomo Rambaldi said this new approach to climate change adaptation recognises the importance community knowledge. He said by recognising the voices of community and given them the responsibility and importance in climate change adaptation, it will be help draw up more effective policy and strategies...

Vangunu Island NNW peninsula in the Solomons, shot by Graeme Bartlett, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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