The conference is scheduled for 3 days. On day 4 participants
will be offered the opportunity to do a field visit to a site
where PGIS has been practiced.
The first day will set the stage by summarising the known
status, opportunities and challenges of PGIS practice in
Developing Countries and First Nations. Follow-up discussions
will focus on describing enabling or disabling conditions for
adoption and implementation of PGIS, and on identifying
necessary preconditions. Based on identified constraints,
participants will identify mechanisms and recommend actions for
establishing the enabling environment; identifying target
audiences and awareness raising mechanisms.
The focus of the second day will be on setting the
stepping stones for developing guidelines for sound PGIS
practice. While focusing on methodological issues, presenters
will share lessons learned in practicing PGIS in developing
countries in the context of broader participatory spatial
planning initiatives and interventions where spatial information
management has reinforced participatory approaches and
processes. Plenary presentations and discussions will alternate
with thematic break out groups where case study presentations
will serve as starters for work-group sessions. Details are
provided in the Conference Programme.
Case studies will feature experiences gained from different
regions (Africa, Pacific, Caribbean, Americas, South & Southeast
Asia, First Nations, etc.) and in different spatial,
environmental as well as institutional and political contexts.
The presentations and follow-up working group discussions will
touch on methodological issues dealing with methods for
representing local knowledge, ethics of practice (e.g. control
and use of ISK, intellectual property rights, data privacy,
access, and exclusion, etc.), supporting cultural heritage
preservation and identity building among indigenous peoples and
rural communities, and
“participatory numbers” (i.e. issues of scale, precision and
accuracy) required for successful PGIS practice.
The third day will focus on implementation issues in the
following four broad contexts (i) Land and Resource Rights &
Entitlement, (ii) Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP) and
Collaborative Natural Resource Management, (iii) Conflict
Management and Amelioration and (iv) Integration of
Participatory GIS with GIS Institutions. The outputs of the
break-out groups will serve as inputs for defining good
practices in different contexts.
Day 3 will also set the foundations for follow-up actions on
both national and regional scales in terms of networking,
capacity building, improvement of good practice and supporting
wider adoption of sound PGIS practice in developing countries.