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Participatory Avenues has been developed and is maintained by Giacomo Rambaldi, Natural Resource Management and Participation Specialist. For 27 years Giacomo has been active in development and conservation in South-east Asia, Africa, the South Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Follow this link to read a selection of his publications. He has been promoting participatory approaches to planning and development, adoption of sustainable production systems and collaborative natural resource management. Giacomo has been working internationally for various agencies including FAO, the European Commission, the Italian Aid to Development, the Asian Development Bank and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and for private consulting firms.

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award_certificate.gif (17410 bytes)Giacomo contributed to successful and sustainable projects like the Wei Wei Integrated Development Project in Kenya, Africa. The project has been one of the seven recipients of the UNEP's 1999 Saving the Drylands Certificate Award at the Third Conference of Parties to the Convention to Combat Desertification COP3-CCD held in Recife, Brazil, 22-25, November 1999. The project has been considered as a "Success Story in Land Degradation/Desertification Control"

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Caught by the dilemma on "who's knowledge counts?" Giacomo has been tailoring a series of approaches aimed at bridging the communication gaps existing at field level when resource-poor and illiterate communities are called upon "planning", "managing", "monitoring" and "evaluating" outside-driven interventions.  In a nutshell he has been trying to address the growing interest of adopting of more genuine forms of "participatory development".

Giacomo has been working in for the National Integrated Protected Area Programme (1996-2001) in the Philippines where he promoted and implemented innovative integrated approaches to collaborative planning, PM&E and management of natural resources.  The method, called Participatory 3-Dimensional Modeling has been extremely successful and has raised consistent interest among NGOs, Local Governments, International Development Agencies and development practitioners. P3DM has been institutionalized in the Philippines in January 2001.

In 2001-2002 he has been working as Information Communication Advisor for the ASEAN Regional Center for Biodiversity Conservation in the Philippines, and tasked with the dissemination of P3DM in South-east Asia.

In 2002-2003 he has been working for the Asian Development Bank, South Asia Department. Currently he is working for the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in the Netherlands.

Giacomo is conducting a research leading to a PhD with the Communication and Innovation Studies Group, Communication Science, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

In July 2004 Giacomo launched a new internet based facility known as PPgis.net, the Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies.

Giacomo has been promoting the dissemination of PGIS good practice for many years. In 2007 a project he has been managing on behalf of CTA in Fiji has been awarded the World Summit Award 2007

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