Comparative Study of Participatory Mapping Processes in Northern Thailand.

TitleComparative Study of Participatory Mapping Processes in Northern Thailand.
Publication TypeWorking Paper
AuthorsSaipothong P, Kojornrungrot W, Thomas D
Year of Publication2005
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractThis paper explores the different mapping approaches of the Raks Thai Foundation and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and how these differences affect resource management, boundaries, beliefs and culture practices, relationships within and among communities and outside players. Since 1994 the Raks Thai Foundation has helped 167 subvillages in Northern Thailand to build three-dimensional (3D) maps as tools for managing their natural resources. ICRAF has meanwhile built GIS databases for 55 villages and eight sub-watersheds. The paper suggests a number of similarities and differences between the two approaches. Villagers participate in the entire process of building a 3D map but their input into GIS mapping is restricted.
KeywordsICRAF, natural resources, resource, Thailand, Watersheds
Citation Key964