Integrating knowledge and actions in disaster risk reduction: the contribution of participatory mapping

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Integrating scientific and local knowledge within disaster risk reduction (DRR) using methods that encourage knowledge exchange and two‐way dialogue is a difficult yet important task. This article shows how participatory mapping can help in fostering integrative DRR through the involvement of a large range of stakeholders. It draws on a project conducted in the municipality of Masantol, Philippines that is regularly affected by flooding and other natural hazards. Participatory 3‐Dimensional Mapping, or P3DM, has been used for both risk assessment and DRR planning. P3DM facilitates the interpretation, assimilation and understanding of geo‐referenced data by making them visible and tangible to everyone. Given that maps are scaled and geo‐referenced, P3DM also helps in incorporating both local and scientific knowledge through a two‐way dialogue in DRR.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: UMR GRED, Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III and IRD, France. 2: School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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