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Resource use, development planning, and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage: lessons from Fiji Islands (PLA 54)

Giacomo Rambaldi, Silika Tuivanuavou, Penina Namata, Paulo Vanualailai, Sukulu Rupeni, and Etika Rupeni compare the use of Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM) and participatory orthophoto mapping in Fiji. They explain how P3DM was effective in supporting collaborative resource planning and the documentation of cultural heritage. As the authors demonstrate, P3DM has proved to be a user-friendly medium for generating, analysing and communicating local knowledge.

As the practices associated with PGIS innovate and evolve, it is interesting to see examples of how specific tools are being modified and employed to address the issues faced by local communities – and to understand whether they are being useful and/or successful in helping to achieve their objectives.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

Article in: PLA 54. Guest-edited by: Giacomo Rambaldi, Jon Corbett, Michael K. McCall, Rachel Olson, Julius Muchemi, Peter Kwaku Kyem, Daniel Wiener, Robert Chambers

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