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Developing a GIS Program in Rural Mexico: Community Participation Equals Success

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Abstract:

We discuss results of a participatory project in an indigenous community in central Mexico, where a GIS program was implemented. The implementation is described in three ways: by system design, by training of community members, and by development of spatial databases. A variety of factors contributed to the success of the program development, including hands-on training sessions focused on GIS techniques that would support the development and automation of the community's forest management plan. As a result, the forest plan was fully automated by trainees, and the community subsequently obtained green certification for sustainable forest management.

Keywords: GIS; community forestry; education; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainability; technology transfer

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Senior Researcher Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Rey Inchátiro 355, Colonia Vista Bella, Morelia, Michoacán, México, 58090, gbocco@oikos.unam.mx 2: Graduate Student Facultad de Biología, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, México 3: Assistant Professor Department of Forest Resources, Oregon State University, Corvallis 4: Researcher Instituto de Geografía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria

Publication date: 2001-06-01

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