Linking participatory mapping in local risk mapping to strengthen resilience: A pilot study in Mexico
Justin Podur (Supervisor) and Colleen Curran (MITACS Intern)
The project aimed to address gaps in research by developing a deeper understanding on how municipal governments use the Atlas in planning and development. Mexico is already known globally for its best practices in disaster risk reduction, including its disaster risk management framework, but it has been found that there are issues with the municipal risk atlases. If community involvement in the mapping progress is shown to improve the use of these atlases then it would be strong evidence for the integration of participatory mapping in Mexico’s General Law on Civil Protection and in CENAPRED’s technical guidelines. In the end, the research results aimed to add to the collection of growing research in the field of participatory action research, specifically participatory mapping/GIS, and to provide new insights into the use of mobile applications and mapping platforms to increase the technical aspects of participatory mapping. Funding: MITACS Globalink $6,000.