WP2 focuses on the relationships between state agencies and local communities, and examines the difficulities of collaboration in landuse management decision making.

The management of fragile landscapes and areas of important environmental and natural heritage have often been implemented from the topdown under the belief that landowners are more likely to over-exploit their resources. Conventional wisdom now however leans more to a decentralized management of natural resources and a realization that farmers/land owners are often more responsible toward their natural resources.

The information collected in this study through participatory action research (PAR) and the development of a PPGIS resource will (1) inform local actors, land users, enterprises and farmers of the benefits of nature conservation and the ways in which scientific data is generated and interpreted; and (2) it will give planners/policymakers a greater insight to the lay knowledges of local communities and the traditional management practices that may already be in practice.

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