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Using Participatory Research Mapping and GIS to Explore Local Geographic Knowledge of Indigenous Landscapes in Mexico


  • Derek A. Smith,

  • Peter H. Herlihy,

  • Aida Ramos Viera,

  • John H. Kelly,

  • Andrew M. Hilburn,

  • Miguel Aguilar Robledo,

  • Jerome E. Dobson



The authors demonstrate how participatory research mapping (PRM) is being used by indigenous peoples in Mexico to reclaim territories and manage natural resources in their communities with the help of Bowman expedition personnel who translate local knowledge into a standardized format suitable for GIS analysis.