Mapping guidelines for participatory rangeland management
USAID, CARE and MercyCorps have jointly produced Mapping guidelines for participatory rangeland management in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas (2015, 56pp), compiled by Ben Irwin, Adrian Cullis and Fiona Flintan. These guidelines are meant to support development practitioners working in the rangelands of Ethiopia. Resource mapping can assist in investigating rangeland management systems, negotiating resource management plans, and implementing and monitoring progress in Participatory Rangeland Management (PRM). It is hoped that these guidelines will contribute to achieving more sustainable use of rangeland resources and arresting and reversing degradation – and thus contribute to improved livestock productivity, greater resilience of pastoralist communities and reduced poverty. The guidelines outline the three stages of a mapping exercise – preparation, facilitation and validation – and provides information on the purpose, methods and planned outcomes of each stage. The final section brings examples of the practical application of participatory resource mapping within PRM.
The guidelines are accompanied by a 32-page practitioner’s guide.