Participatory 3-D Modeling for Climate Change Adaptation in India: Experience, Guiding Principles, Future Opportunities
Virginia Batts, with Sushil Bajpai and Rajesh Rajak
Watershed Organization Trust, June 2012

Although participatory mapping for development is not a new concept, the application of geographic information technologies at the grassroots level, especially for indigenous peoples, has only emerged in the last two decades. Participatory Three-Dimensional Modeling, a participatory Geographic Information System, is a method that attempts to convey indigenous experience and spatial knowledge in a digital form that is communicable to researchers and policymakers, theoretically empowering indigenous communities with a voice in the legislative planning and management of natural resources. Through the construction and demarcation of a geo-referenced, scaled relief model, indigenous communities can extract and display indigenous knowledge in a way that is meaningful not only for policymakers and academics but also to the communities themselves. This draft manual provides guidelines for the implementation of Participatory 3D Modeling, as well as a basic, step-by-step guide. Download the manual [pdf] …