Participatory Mapping and Monitoring of Intertidal Marine Resources - Piloting CyberTracker with Women in Northern Mozambique
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Paul, Sophie Anna Luise
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Including communities into environmental monitoring is becoming progressively prominent. This dissertation explores the opportunity to use smartphones with mapping software for participatory monitoring of intertidal resources in a small community in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique. A special focus lies on the inclusion of women in data collection. Women in Cabo Delgado are often underrepresented in natural resource management, but their gleaning activities of intertidal resources contribute substantially to food security for their families. Hence, this study also analyzes if participatory monitoring with these women can help to better integrate them into intertidal resource management. Smartphones with CyberTracker software were deployed in the field to collect data about invertebrates harvested in specific areas of the intertidal zone. Additionally, interviews were conducted to assess the women’s opinion of the new technology. The findings show that the maps generated from the CyberTracker GPS data suitably visualize intertidal harvesting zones and specific resource use areas. Furthermore, it was discovered that the women could easily familiarize themselves with the smartphones and the mapping software, which led to the conclusion that CyberTracker is a useful tool for participatory mapping and monitoring. Through participation in the monitoring process, participants could also gain new knowledge about harvesting pressures on their intertidal resources, which in turn might help to improve sustainability in the long-term.