[PPGIS] New PGIS publication...

Greg Brown greg.brown at uq.edu.au
Sun Nov 29 15:24:35 EST 2015

Hi all,

     There is a new publication on the Landscape Values and PPGIS Institute website. Sara Ramirez and colleagues show how participatory GIS (PGIS) with indigenous peoples of South America (Suriname) can inform future conservation planning in the Amazon basin. The article integrates concepts from landscape ecology (core areas, buffers, linkages and connectivity) with PGIS data measuring ecosystem services to identify indigenous community use zones that provide an empirical basis for conservation reserves.  The article embraces the perspective that future conservation efforts require in-situ conservation with indigenous people rather than ex-situ conservation (i.e., exclusion zones without people).

     A link to the article is here: http://www.landscapemap2.org/publications/SRamirez_accepted.pdf  Abstract is below.  Happy reading.


Large-scale development projects often overlap forest areas that support the livelihoods of indigenous peoples, threatening in situ conservation strategies for the protection of biological and cultural diversity. To address this problem, there is a need to integrate spatially-explicit information on ecosystem services into conservation planning. We present an approach for identifying conservation areas necessary to safeguard the provision of important ecosystem services for indigenous communities. "Community use zones" (CUZs) were generated using participatory mapping methods that identify place values indicating significant hotspots for ecosystem services. Using principles from landscape ecology, these areas are buffered to provide connectivity and to delineate ecosystem service delivery areas. We demonstrate the use of CUZs for five villages in southern Suriname (n=191 participants) to inform the South Suriname Conservation Corridor project. The mapped data reveal overlapping hotspots for different ecosystem services depicting multifunctional landscapes that provide an empirical foundation for delineating CUZs. In the absence of legal and traditional land rights for indigenous people, CUZs based on the provision of ecosystem services provide a defensible, spatially explicit approach for integrating indigenous needs into regional conservation plans in southern Suriname. We discuss the utility of CUZ maps for promoting land tenure and security and as a basis for collaborative governance in indigenous and community-conserved areas (ICCAs).

Greg Brown
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
The University of Queensland
Email: greg.brown at uq.edu.au<mailto:greg.brown at uq.edu.au> | Ph: 07 3365 6654 | Fax: 07 3365 6899
Post: Level 4, Building 35 University of Queensland Brisbane Australia 4072

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