Our research aims to develop a collaborative geospatial platform that will facilitate identification of climate-smart landscape adaptation responses. This will be realised through iterative, co-development of a platform through participatory action research; fostering co-production of knowledge with local communities and higher-level stakeholders (e.g. agricultural government agencies, farmers associations, human development not-for-profit organisations etc.) in Fiji and Tonga.
Our questions are:
- How can the concepts/tools of participatory mapping, geospatial technologies and climate-smart landscape approaches be collectively harnessed to develop a functional and usable platform to effectively document rich livelihood-landscape-climate knowledge and information?
- How can integration of a wider workflow that facilitates knowledge sharing between different stakeholders in multi-use landscapes, and ensures access to plurality of stakeholders (including communities in different landscape settings e.g. inland small-holders versus coastal fishers, male and female farmers, youth, higher-level stakeholders), facilitate cross-level communication?
- How can adopting the core principles of participatory action research (PAR) to recognise community members as landscape experts – utilising their local knowledge to understand complex human-environment interactions – empower communities as decision-makers and improve multi-scale landscape management?
- How can capturing and elucidating the dynamism between livelihoods, landscapes and climate stressors help in identifying adaptation pathways to build climate resilience within Fiji and Tonga?