Participatory GIS

PGIS is in fact a combination of local knowledge and GIS stakeholders’ view points. Stakeholders should also have access to the information, productions and results coming from GIS and make use of them when planning resource management. There are different expressions such as GIS (Geographic Information System), PGIS (participatory Geographic Information System), community integrated GIS, but their principles and methods are the same. In participatory approaches, it is essential to pay attention to the differences and the relationships between the primary stakeholders (the final stakeholders such as the local communities and poor people) and the secondary stakeholders (participating institutes).

The direct users of GIS and its productions, such as maps, projections, tables and related classifications with development costs, are mainly government agencies and civil societies. But in participatory GIS, it is necessary that GIS technology be designed in a way that includes the needs of local people.

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  • Integration of indigenous knowledge with modern knowledge in participatory management of natural resources using participatory GIS
  • Local knowledge
  • Risks and benefits of participatory GIS
  • What is a territory
  • Cenesta’s work in participatory mapping in the past 5 years (see also table below)

For more information on Cenesta’s PGIS work, you can contact Ghanimat Azhdari and Sepideh Shakeri-Nasr.


Cenesta PGIS work in Iran (as of 2016)


Qashqai Tribal Confederacy


Bakhtiari Tribal Confederacy


Kurdish, Laki and Lori tribes


Shahsevan Tribal Confederacy


Talesh & Galesh tribes


Kormanj and Turkmen tribes


Alborz’ southern slopes and desert periphery tribes


Baluch tribes


Costal-marine ICCAs


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