Rapid Participatory Assessment of Assets Useful for the Development of a Community

Status: Currently active.

Collection of data in the communities of the Orosa River Watershed useful to their ongoing efforts to develop strategies for the protection of their environment and the well being of their people. Various rapid ethnographic assessment techniques including unstructured interviews, mental mapping, content analysis of multimedia, GPS mapping, and observation of public activities and events were used to collect data. The types of data collected include information about: 1) social organization and cultural identity; 2) knowledge of the abundance, distribution, and use of natural resources valuable to the communities; and 3) knowledge of direct links between health and environment and of healing strategies. This research builds upon previous collaborations with these communities since 2008.

For more information, please contact Jim Riach.