Identifying Climate Vulnerabilities

By combining historical and contemporary community maps, researchers can identify regions that have been historically susceptible to climatic events (e.g., flooding, droughts). This historical context provides valuable insights for predicting and preparing for future vulnerabilities in the face of climate change



Documenting Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Indigenous communities have historically developed sophisticated land management, agriculture, and water conservation practices tailored to their local environments. Mapping these practices can highlight areas where traditional ecological knowledge might offer sustainable solutions to contemporary climate challenges. Maps can showcase community assets, such as local food sources, medicinal plants, or communal gathering spaces, helping communities strategize on how to protect and leverage these resources for climate adaptation.


Challlenging development paradigms

Historical mapping can reveal the detrimental impacts of colonial or externally-imposed development projects, such as deforestation, dam construction, or urban sprawl. By visualizing these changes and their consequences, communities can advocate for more sustainable and culturally sensitive development strategies.


Fostering Collaborative Decision Making

When community members engage in the mapping process, it democratizes the decision-making process. The collective creation and interpretation of maps can foster discussions on communal priorities, risks, and desired adaptation measures.

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Community and historical mapping, when used as a decolonial tool, can empower marginalized and indigenous communities to document, preserve, and elevate local wisdom, histories, and perspectives. These maps can provide a rich, layered understanding of the land, ecosystems, and socio-cultural relationships, making them an invaluable resource for climate change adaptation.