Participatory mapping is a group of tools to jointly develop maps based on local knowledge and perception, in order to improve capabilities of communities and people to use this knowledge.

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<p>Contrary to other mapping tools, participatory mapping does not primarily draw on statistics or research data, but on the practical knowledge of people. Participatory mapping visualizes local knowledge and the tools can be useful to evaluate how specific ecosystems are perceived and used by local people and who uses them in which way. On this basis, it is possible to bring together perspectives and interests of different stakeholders and engage communities.</p>
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