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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 3 Public participation and GIS: report back

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 3 Public participation and GIS: report back Gavin Jordan Introduction problems associated with using this type of technology in a participatory capacity, was that Participatory Geographic Information Systems virtually all delegates were from the north. (GIS) has become an increasingly common subject (see PLA Notes 33, October 1998, p27- It was pleasing that most of the participants, 34), and raises both interest and strong feelings including those who were from a GIS rather in the GIS and participatory development than participatory background, appreciated that the participatory process was of overwhelming communities. At the moment, the use of GIS importance, and that the technical GIS issues in a truly participatory context is in its infancy, were secondary. and many would argue that participatory GIS is not a realistic possibility. However, key issues were identified at a recent workshop at A number of case studies were presented, the University of Durham, which was including natural resource management issues discussed in PLA Notes 33. These included: in Australia, Canada, Hawaii, Ghana, Nepal and South Africa. Additionally, a range of · urban planning case studies were presented, Defining a role for participatory GIS; principally from the USA, involving ...

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