Through our recent research we found that for climate resilience to be built within landscapes effectively, there needs to be improved cross-level communication between stakeholders, with communities particularly needing improved access to information and higher-level stakeholders requiring better understanding of community landscape needs for improved landscape management and policy implementation.

Maps provide key communication media

We found that communities respond particularly well and enthusiastically to geospatial media, such as participatory mapping approaches, which is why we will adopt a spatial geography approach in this project. This will help determine the following:

  • Capture spatial patterns in how different groups (e.g. men/women) utilise landscape resources and are impacted by land use decisions.
  • Provide a medium for information sharing and discussion between different stakeholders in a landscape.
  • Prioritise local/traditional knowledge which recognises local people as experts in their landscape and reveals nuances regarding livelihood-landscape interactions that might otherwise be neglected.