Participatory Geography Information Systems in Sierra Nevada, Mexico
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CASE STUDY. The case promotes discussion of the human aspects of the implementation of a GIS with a participatory dimension.
Participatory Geography Information Systems in Sierra Nevada, Mexico: Abstract
For the past 30 years, threats to the local environment combined with a lack of economic development have transformed Sierra Nevada from a predominantly rural area in a bedroom community. In 1997, Proyecto Sierra Nevada was established to come up with a devlopment model capable of containing the unsustainable urban sprawl by developing local natural resources. Many challenges arose right from the beginning, mainly because the local population had lost its connection to the land. The project managed to address this challenge with the help of a powerful tool: a geographic information system (GIS). Thus, this case presents the trajectory of this innovative project, analyzing the role played by GIS in a participatory process as a tool that enabled a local community to better organize and manage its natural resources. The case promotes discussion of the human aspects of the implementation of a GIS with a participatory dimension.
This case provides an opportunity to examine the participatory process by which a particular ICT application, known as GIS (geographic information system), can be implemented and used to enable local communities to better manage their natural resources. The specific teaching objectives are:
- To promote initial discussion of the potential role of ICT regarding social aspects like local development, natural resources management, sustainability and others (target: ICT students)
- To introduce a level of analysis that is not usually applied to ICT implementation: the local community level (most of the time, the analysis is applied at the individual or organizational level) (target: ICT students)
- To increase understanding of human aspects of the process of GIS implementation (target: management, international business and ICT students)
- To increase understanding of the potential role of a particular tool or software – geographic information system – in enabling local communities to better manage their natural resources (target: management, international business and ICT students)
- To introduce the notion of participatory processes, which can be applied to different types of collective projects, including projects involving ICT implementation (target: management, international business and ICT students)
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