This Practitioners’ Guide has been specifically designed to complement the 2015 publication Mapping for Participatory Rangeland Management in Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Areas. In this shortened version the text has been condensed to cover the specific needs of the mapping team, and the design adjusted for use in the field. This Practitioners’ Guide provides the stepby-step instructions and checklists that will guide a mapping team through a mapping exercise. The mapping process is broken down into its three main stages, each with three steps. Mapping is a participatory research technique that helps communities to reveal and analyze issues collectively, and leads to community-led solutions. The participation process and the extensive dialogue that happens through the development of a resource map provides all community members (men, women and youth, as well as people of different wealth groups) with an opportunity to work together to develop a visual picture of their landscape, natural resources, settlement and land use systems. Done well, resource mapping can deepen community understanding of different user groups and promote commitments to better manage natural resources. It can also provide development and extension workers, who work with the community representatives to produce a map, with a much better understanding of the communities they are involved with. Participatory resource mapping is central to Participatory Rangeland Management (PRM), which begins with rangeland users mapping the rangeland resources during an initial ‘investigation’ stage. This is followed by the ‘negotiation’ and an ‘implementation’ stages, wherein the maps become the key tools for identifying and addressing key rangeland management issues and learning, making decisions, and developing agreements for the practical management of those resources. Resource mapping can also serve as a baseline for resource management, and for planning and preparedness more broadly; it can also help to facilitate climate change adaptation.
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