Environment and Ecology Research Vol. 4(5), pp. 280 - 287
DOI: 10.13189/eer.2016.040507
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Participatory Mapping Framework and Guidelines from a GIS Perspective


Lisho C. Mundia *
Department of Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia

ABSTRACT

The paper presents empirical findings on the frameworks and guidelines for participatory mapping aided by Geographical Information System (GIS) technology. It reflects the empirical benefits and challenges towards the participatory mapping, frameworks and guidelines in Land Use Planning (LUP) and the aid of GIS technology towards sustainable LUP in Namibia. The research applied a combination of approaches that include literature review, consultative meetings, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). Both positive and negative impacts of the frameworks and guidelines were gathered and the results were verified to suit the participatory mapping aided by GIS technology. The research established that although frameworks and guidelines for participatory mapping aided by GIS are more favourable around the world, a comprehensive understanding is required to be applied in LUP. Although the frameworks and guidelines provide steps on how to be applied in a participatory setting, there is a need for understanding of the areas of applications and cartographical knowledge. Key recommendations include proper use of frameworks and guidelines for participatory mapping and incorporation of GIS technology in LUP.

KEYWORDS
Participatory Mapping, Land Use Planning, Frameworks, Guidelines, GIS, Namibia

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Lisho C. Mundia , "Participatory Mapping Framework and Guidelines from a GIS Perspective," Environment and Ecology Research, Vol. 4, No. 5, pp. 280 - 287, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2016.040507.

(b). APA Format:
Lisho C. Mundia (2016). Participatory Mapping Framework and Guidelines from a GIS Perspective. Environment and Ecology Research, 4(5), 280 - 287. DOI: 10.13189/eer.2016.040507.