Mapping livelihoods, land uses and culture in Suriname
Posted on 26 November 2014
WWF Guianas was represented in the World Parks Congress with a participatory three dimensional map (P3DM) that was developed by the Maroon communities in the upper Suriname River area.
WWF Guianas was represented in the World Parks Congress with a participatory three dimensional map (P3DM) that was developed by the Maroon communities in the upper Suriname River area. The making of the three dimensional map was an inclusive process that created a sense of community collaboration, involving the participation of young people, women, men and elders who mapped important aspects of their livelihoods, land uses and culture. It also created community ownership of the information and it has been an efficient engagement tool of the communities in the project. With the collaboration of partner organizations, the 3D model will be used by the Maroon communities to continue building local capacity for land use planning and to leverage community development.
The project is a joint effort between Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Tropenbos Suriname and WWF Guianas. It has been developed as a component of the WWF Guianas Land Use Planning and Protected Areas thematic strategy, which was developed during the alignment process of the Guianas’ strategic plan with WWF’s Living Amazon Initiative. Laurens Gomes, WWF Guianas’ Country Manager Suriname stated before the WPC: “We believe we can be most effective in promoting Sound Land Use Planning and the development of a Protected Areas network that reflects the priorities for conservation of the Amazon if we work on Land Use Planning at various levels. On the one hand we are supporting the request of the Government of Suriname in the development and promotion of a road map for National Land Use Planning. On the other hand we support local initiatives that are often participatory in nature, such as the one which will be presented at the WPC.”