We are using an Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) process to develop the geospatial application for landscape management. The application has the capacity to encapsulate iterative field testing for software development, combine data from multiple landscape sectors and stakeholders, and integrate multiple geospatial datasets, both existing and collected using mobile devices in the field.
App generation is based on the following ICT4D stages (adapted from Bon et al. 2016):
Foundational work for the context analysis has been achieved through our ELS theoretical advancements and field research (household surveys, participatory mapping, focus group sessions, interviews and stakeholder analysis). The latter has also formed the basis for the needs assessment whereby geospatial data needs have been identified and prioritised for target end users. Current priority needs include crop and forest monitoring, land use and land cover change, and monitoring of climate and weather information.
We have 10 use cases which provide narratives for how landscape actors can use the geospatial application. The development process is ongoing with iterative co-development and feedback from stakeholders and target end users.
The geospatial application will allow for improved cross-level communication between stakeholders to facilitate better understanding of community landscape needs to improve landscape management and policy implementation.
The app is called qConut.