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Participatory GIS to mitigate conflicts between reindeer husbandry and forestry in Vilhelmina Model Forest, Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
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2012 (English)In: Forestry Chronicle, ISSN 0015-7546, Vol. 88, no 3, 254-260 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To improve communication between reindeer-herders and other land users, we developed and implemented a system to produce reindeer husbandry plans together with Sami reindeer-herding communities. A central component of our communications strategy was the introduction and use of a participatory GIS (pGIS). We evaluated the potential and limitations of pGIS as a tool for collaborative learning. We concluded that by merging traditional and scientific knowledge in a pGIS, the process of spatial communication has contributed to a more inclusive planning process, and to improved knowledge-sharing. Furthermore, the process has contributed to a more efficient long-term perspective where land use planning focuses on key areas but with solutions applied to the landscape. The Model Forest offered an appropriate platform to facilitate the process.

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2012. Vol. 88, no 3, 254-260 p.
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collaborative learning, multifunctional land use, participatory GIS (pGIS), reindeer-herding community, reindeer husbandry plans, Model Forest
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Forest Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-57386ISI: 000305588300012OAI: diva2:541368
Available from: 2012-07-17 Created: 2012-07-16 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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