Recent geospatial mapping approaches have been useful in generating community-level information, capturing perspectives from different groups, revealing complexities of resource use issues, and empowering community members in environmental decision making.
However, there are many limitations to these approaches which present barriers for integrated cross-level information sharing which present challenges for managing vulnerable landscapes:
- Integrating information from multiple sectors from agriculture to economics
- Data challenges around availability, access, currency, metadata and storage
- Capacity to capture, manage, analyse and utilise data
- Capturing the dynamic representations of landscape and livelihood systems
Consequently, there is scope for improvement to address these challenges, and through previous research we know South Pacific institutions highly value geospatial information for decision-making, yet they state that [accessible] geospatial information is limited, particularly with regard to usability of remotely sensed spatial data.
Our project is building upon the existing strengths of participatory mapping approaches to develop a geospatial application that addresses these challenges to allow for holistic well-evidenced landscape management information.