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bannerParticipatory Avenues acts as focal point for sharing lessons learned and innovation in practicing ethically-conscious community mapping and participatory GIS as means to add value and authority to people's spatial knowledge and improve bottom-up communication.

Participatory 3-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM)
is documented as "best practice".

Participatory GIS…

is the result of a spontaneous merger of Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) methods with Geographic Information Technologies and Systems (GIT&S) to compose peoples’ spatial knowledge in the forms of virtual or physical, 2 or 3 dimensional maps used as interactive vehicles for discussion, information exchange, analysis and as support in advocacy, decision making and action taking. PGIS practice is usually geared towards community empowerment through measured, demand-driven, user-friendly and integrated applications of GIT&S, where maps become a major conduit in the process.  

Spatial Learning and the Vertical Dimension

Human cognition includes sensation and perception, thinking, imagery, reasoning and problem solving, memory, learning and language. Location, size, distance, direction, shape, pattern, movement and inter-object relations are part of the spatial world as we know and conceive it. Cognitive maps are internal representation of the world and its spatial properties stored in memory. Frequently referred to as mental maps, they allow us to know ‘what is out there, what its attributes are, where it is and how to get there’


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CTA released a new edition of the handbook "Participatory 3D Modelling: Guiding Principles and Applications; 2010 Edition”. The handbook is available also in  French, Spanish, Portuguese and Amharic as free download at high and medium resolutions.
Recent P3DM experiences have been documented in the following countries: Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gabon, Ethiopia, Solomon Islands, Australia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Italy Malaysia, Nepal, East Timor, Philippines, India, Vietnam and Cambodia. Updated dated on 9 June 2013.
Funding opportunities for NGOs and researchers using spatial information technologies for community mapping and sustainable NRM. Updated on 6 June 2011.
Participatory GIS and community mapping literature; New titles added on 5 March 2011.
Online bilingual version of the Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication released on 3 March 2011.
New publications have been uploaded on our virtual library. Articles deal with community-, indigenous-, tenure-, counter-, and participatory mapping, PPGIS, PGIS, P3DM, VGI and geomatics (En, Fr, Sp); Updated on 28 February 2011.
Video production on Good PGIS Practice released. Updated dated on 3 November 2010.
The collection of community mapping and participatory GIS multimedia now includes a new reportage from Brazil. Updated on 29 October, 2010
Conflict and Natural Resources Book Recommendations; New collection uploaded on 09 February 2009
Interactive world map with georeferenced P3DM exercises: Use P3DM Where? to find out on Google Maps and Google Earth where Participatory 3D Models have been done worldwide. Updated
The Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM) exercise conducted in 2005 on Ovalau Island in Fiji, has been proclaimed as one of the five winners of the 2007 World Summit Award in the category e-culture. Updated dated on 10 November 2007.
"Giving Voice to the Unspoken": a 20-minute streaming video production showing the hands-on aspects of Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM).
P3DM Multimedia Resource Kit. Participatory 3-Dimensional Modelling: Guiding Principles and Applications. (Updated on 17 Nov. 02).

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We support: Integrated conservation and development interventions founded on genuine people's participation

Vision, Mission and Goals

As of January 4, 2001, Participatory 3-D Modeling has been institutionalized within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines. By issuing Memorandum Circular No. 2001-01 the Department has recommended its nationwide adoption in protected area planning and sustainable natural resource management.

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