CTA among the World Summit Award Winners of 2007

An international grand jury evaluated 650 nominations from 160 countries in the context of the Global World Summit Award (WSA) 2007. The Jury selected the five most outstanding products in eight WSA Categories.

Awards will be handed out on 5 November 2007 at the World Summit Award Gala Celebration by high-level dignitaries including H.E. Stipe Mesic, President of the Republic of Croatia and Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria. The WSA Gala Celebration is a unique international ceremony to honour excellence in multimedia and e-Content creation and has been held within the framework of Global Forum 2007 “Global Convergence 2.0” an event dedicated to the trends and development of the New Information Society at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy.

Participatory GIS practice (PGIS): winner in the e-culture category

Participatory 3D Modelling for Resource Use, Development Planning and Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Fiji has been proclaimed as one of the five winners in the e-culture category.

PGIS is the result of a spontaneous merger of Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) methods with Geographic Information Technologies (GIT) to compose peoples’ spatial knowledge in the forms of virtual or physical, 2 or 3 dimensional maps used as interactive vehicles for discussion, information exchange, analysis and as support in advocacy, decision making and action taking. PGIS practice is usually geared towards community empowerment through measured, demand-driven, user-friendly and integrated applications of GIT, where maps become a major conduit in the process.

Participatory 3D modelling (P3DM) is a method which is part of the PGIS family. P3DM integrates people’s knowledge and spatial information (contour lines) to produce stand-alone scale relief models that have proved to be user-friendly and relatively accurate data storage and analysis devices and at the same time excellent communication media. P3DM works best when used jointly with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

In 2005, CTA initiated and supported the introduction of P3DM in the Pacific region. A first exercise was conducted on Ovalau Island, Fiji. The exercise, lead by the Fiji Locally-Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) Network resulted in the participatory construction of a scaled 3-dimensuional model of the island and surrounding waters and later on in the development, adoption and implementation of community-based plans aimed at sustainably managing the natural resources and cultural heritage of the island and islanders respectively.

The deployment of P3DM and its adaptation to the Fijian context has been strongly appreciated by the local, national and international stakeholders.

Ensuing publication:
Rambaldi G, Tuivanuavou S., Namata P., Vanualailai P., Rupeni S. And Rupeni E. 2006. Resource Use, Development Planning, and Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Fiji. PLA 54:28-35, IIED, London, UK

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