Session Summary: This session focuses on Participatory 3 Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) an ICT-based process which enables grassroots to geo-reference and spatially document their landscape knowledge and easily articulate it. The method benefits from the integration of low-tech participatory mapping with GIS, multimedia production, Web2.0 and social media and serves multiple purposes, including landscape planning, advocacy, inter-generational knowledge transmission, conflict management, influencing policy-making and enhancing communities’ socio-environmental resilience.

P3DM practice has been introduced to the Caribbean in 2012 in Tobago and has been successfully replicated in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and recently Suriname.
Building on the presence of the facilitating agencies and representatives from the Saramaka communities, a case study from Suriname will be presented and discussed in depth.
Master of ceremony/facilitator: Mr Rudi van Kanten, Tropenbos International Suriname

Equipment needed:

  • Space to hang up posters and display standing banners,
  • 1 podium,
  • 1 computer,
  • 1 digital video projector,
  • 2 desktop speakers for the film audio
  • sound system with (at least 4) wireless microphones

Flow and timing:



Resource person

Action / draft titles of presentations



Rudi van Kanten, Programme Director, Tropenbos International Suriname

Introduction of the session



Giacomo Rambaldi, Sr. Programme Coordinator, CTA

Introduction to PGIS/P3DM practice including featuring of the film “She becomes more beautiful: Capturing the essence of Tobago Island for a better tomorrow” produced by CTA and CANARI in Tobago




Burning questions



Rudi van Kanten

Presentation of the activities done in Jaw Jaw and planned follow-up activities




Featuring of film (draft version) on the Suriname P3DM experience



Debora Linga (Saramakan representative, Ginginston village) and Godfried Adjaiko (Saramakan Captain, Kajapati village)

Feedback on our experiences and plans for the future: feedback from Saramaka representatives followed by Q&A

Available handouts: PGIS Training Kit (DVD format), specific issues of ICT Update


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Participating Countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bahamas
  • Dominica
  • Guyana
  • Grenada
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Suriname
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidad and Tobago

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