Participatory methods: Ground mapping

As a part of my blog, I would like to describe some basic participatory mapping methods. I will start with the technically easier ones and continue to the technically more demanding. Ground mapping (sometimes also called Ephemeral mapping) is a straightforward mapping method that involves community members drawing maps on the ground from memory using any available materials, such as plants, rocks or household tools. This method is inexpensive and easy to facilitate. The resulting product, however, is unstable in time. In most cases it is a preparatory stage for other mapping methods, in which the community is familiar with the concept of understanding space and location in which they work.

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