THIS RESERCH PROJECT IS NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE.
The objective of the project was to build capacity within the Nusa Tenggara Community Development Consortium to collect and analyze spatial information for addressing resource management issues at regional and local levels. Specific objectives included:
- train young professionals to use spatial information to produce practical and policy relevant insights into resource management issues;
- produce maps of priority protected areas in Nusa Tenggara (Eastern Indonesia) in collaboration with consortium members; and
- develop participatory mapping techniques that not only involve villagers in the mapping process but also in claiming and managing these maps.
The Nusa Tenggara Community Development Consortium is a loosely organized network of government agencies, non-government organizations (NG0s)–both domestic and international (WWF, Birdlife International, World Neighbors); community representatives from key conservation sites; and researchers (University of Indonesia, Cornell, East-West Center) working in the provinces of Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
The project mapped the boundaries of several national parks in Nusa Tenggara and trained young professionals to analyze the data they have collected to develop insights into resource management problems, as well as to put a historical perspective into their work. Having become proficient in the use of this technology, these young people are providing training to members of the local institutions and communities in using maps for communicating resource management issues to government officials and other parties.