Mapping Programs

Here you will find information about instruction in mapping.

Community-based Mapping Course

This is a 5-week online course being offered by the International Institute for Sustainable Development at Colorado State University. 
Course runs September 12-October 17, 2008.  The deadline to register is September 9, 2008.

Mapping can be a powerful tool for communities to better manage and protect natural and cultural resources. However there are numerous technical, social, and ethical considerations that communities, NGOs, and funding agencies should consider prior to engaging any mapping efforts. This course will be valuable for both novices and mapping professionals.

This course will explore theories, ethics, applications, and methods of community-based mapping and its role in participatory learning and action as well as larger processes of integrated community-based development. This course, while drawing on many of the recent case studies, academic writings, and reports from the field, will be highly interactive and will emphasize the sharing of experiences, ideas, and insights from course participants. *Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:*

  • Understand the basic principles, theories, and ethics of Community-based mapping and its role in Community-based development
  • Identify which mapping methods and tools are most appropriate to achieve the desired objectives in your community
  • Understand some of the various political, cultural, and social organizational factors in Community-based mapping projects
  • Collect and map geographic information through local knowledge and participation of community members
  • Locate and utilize existing geographic information data sets, online and elsewhere, for specific project areas
  • Understand the basic features and operation of Geographic Position Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their applications in Community-based mapping

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Ecotrust Canada

Ecotrust Canada provides customized on-site training in GIS and on-going technical support to First Nations and community groups throughout the Province. From initial user needs assessments to advanced training in spatial analysis, Ecotrust works with the user in tailoring a support program which fits with local needs.

The organization also supports their partners with on-going technical support and maintenance contracts.Areas of specialization for training include:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS), from setup to advanced spatial analysis
  • Database development and data management
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) data collection training (to provincial standards)
  • Forest inventory techniques, from field work to GIS applications
  • Traditional Use Study (TUS) data collection and TUS data transfer to GIS environments
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) workshops
  • Community visioning workshops
  • Fish and fish habitat inventorying techniques
  • Web design and internet applications

For more information, please contact Greg Kehm at (604) 682-4141 or