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Open Access Public participation geographical information systems (PPGIS): Participatory research methods for sustainability ‐ toolkit #1

Participatory mapping is a useful approach to engage the general public and stakeholders to communicate place-based values, behaviour, preferences and observations. The approach informs social-ecological research and land-use planning. In land-use planning, PPGIS is applicable, for example, in initial phases or for assessing project outcomes. This toolkit gives guidance on participatory mapping surveys.

Keywords: participatory mapping; research methods; sustainability; transdisciplinarity

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: University of Kassel University of Göttingen | Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural Systems | Göttingen | Germany

Publication date: March 31, 2022

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