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Conflict-free Land-use Awareness Workshops (Tanzania)

02/21/2008 1:00 pm

Dar-Es-Salaam Institute of Land Administration & Policy Studies (DILAPS)

Annual Schedule of Events,
OCTOBER, 2007 – JULY, 2008

It is one of the goals of DILAPS (cf. ) to contribute towards moulding communities that uphold a culture of good custodianship and management of land from an informed perspective whilst focusing on using land as an asset for economic growth and reduction of poverty both in villages and town slums. This is the ultimate goal of the Conflict-Free Land-Use Awareness Workshop Series.

The first, and inaugural, workshop was the recent 2-day Workshop, held at the Luther House Boardroom, in Dar Es Salaam from 6th August 2007. The message was well received by stakeholders. Participants at this workshop have agreed with DILAPS that, this goal of creating communities of land-use stakeholders who are committed to using the land without causing or engaging in land-use conflicts, for economic growth and reduction of poverty is a noble goal to every citizen in all countries the world over. They were also of a converging opinion that the creation of such communities starts with creation of awareness on issues. The participants of the workshop drew representatives from abroad and several projects in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar in which, sustainable land-use is a central theme.

Subsequent to the inaugural workshop, the authority and management of the Dar Es Salaam Institute of Land administration and Policy Studies, DILAPS, has agreed to a delivery of more workshops, in these series, as envisaged earlier. These will be of differing themes, focusing on the diversity of stakeholders and will be held in different cities of Tanzania within the next 12 months. We bring to you the schedule of the Conflict–Free Land–Use Awareness Training Workshops, for the foreseeable future, as approved by the DILAPS Board of 17th August 2007.

Please consult the following Word Document for further information and workshop dates.


Cultural Impact Assessment conference

02/28/2008 9:00 am
02/29/2008 5:00 pm

The NWT Region of the Western and Northern Canada Affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment is issuing a call for presentations, papers and posters for a conference on February 28th and 29th, 2008, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.  This conference will focus on Cultural Impact Assessment in the broad sense, including such possible themes as:

  • Cultural impact assessment methods and case studies
  • Bringing the cultural together with the ecological
  • Models of inclusion of cultural knowledge in project design, implementation and reclamation
  • Cultural landscape assessment
  • Designing agreements to protect culture
  • The role of Traditional Knowledge in Cultural Impact Assessment
  • Getting past Go vs. No go in cultural impact assessment
  • Designing cultural mitigation measures that stick
  • Implementing cultural and socio-economic measures of agreements
  • Cross-cultural awareness: implications for EIA processes
  • Participatory and community-based methods for assessment

This conference will draw on the considerable expertise of those involved in the research or practice of EIA as it relates to this general subject.  Those interested in presenting a paper at the conference should submit a 300 word abstract to the IAIA Western and Northern Canada Affiliate no later than Dec. 16th, 2007  Please send abstracts to Ginger Gibson: at    Submissions will be reviewed and contributors notified by Friday Dec. 21st, 2007
For more information on the conference, contact Ginger Gibson
KEY WORDS: Values, cultural landscapes, wellness, beyond biophysical, stories on the land, assessment methods, community-based and participatory research


Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map presentation

02/27/2008 3:00 pm
02/27/2008 4:00 pm

Fogler Library to Host Cartographer Michael Hermann and Penobscot Tribal Historian James Francis

February 21, 2008
Contacts: Gretchen Gfeller, Web and Public Relations Specialist; University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library; 5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library, Orono, ME ; 04469-5729; 207-581-1696 

ORONO -- Henry David Thoreau was not just another Maine tourist.  The essays Thoreau wrote about his journeys and experiences in the Maine woods reflect a deep understanding of the spiritual importance of wilderness.  Thanks to a collaboration between the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Committee, Maine Woods Forever, and the University of Maine Press, a new generation of travelers can follow in the footsteps of the renown naturalist with the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map and Guide.

The public is invited to learn more about this project on Wednesday, Febr. 27, when UMaine cartographer Michael Hermann and Penobscot Nation Tribal Historian James Francis visit Fogler Library.  To be held in Special Collections from 3-4 p.m., "The Process of Map Design: equal cartographic voice" will be an opportunity to understand more about the trails taken by Thoreau and the Penobscot Indian guides who accompanied him, as well as the unique collaborative process that led to the map's creation.

Previous maps simply drew a line plotting Thoreau's route.  Hermann created a map that locates his narrative within the landscape.  The reader literally 'reads' the map as they follow the routes and add Thoreau's words.  Hermann says, "It is a genre known as mapping narrative.  This piece developed into an example of ethical mapping concerning the restoration of native voice."  

Because Thoreau's words dominated the map, Hermann was challenged to bring a Native voice to the project.  His work with James Frances, Penobscot Tribal Historian, broadened the scope of the map to include Penobscot place names in addition to a selection of Thoreau's quotes specific to his Indian guides.  Francis reflects, "One of Thoreau's biggest contributions to Penobscot history was the documentation of Penobscot place names."  He notes, "Thoreau once wrote in his journals that 'the Indian language reveals another wholly new life to us.'  By having contact with Penobscot men, Thoreau discovered a new, more informed view of Native Americans, moving from his naïve assumptions to an understanding that included respect and reverence."

Copies of the map will be available for purchase at the event.  Refreshments will be served.  The "Process of Map Design" gathering is free and open to the public.

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GSDI in Trinidad! 2008

02/25/2008 9:00 am
02/29/2008 5:00 pm

GSDI 10 Conference


University of the West Indies
Trinidad and Tobago

Over 170 paper presenters from over 40 countries are scheduled to present in numerous plenary and parallel sessions throughout the five day event as well as 38 poster presenters. Numerous round table discussions, affiliated business meetings, social events, and a full day of no-additional-cost workshops have been organized and scheduled as well.

Evening social events include an opening reception hosted by the University Principal, a "t-shirt and shorts" panyard experience sponsored by Intergraph featuring the internationally acclaimed B.P. Renegades large steel orchestra, and a "coat and tie" gala banquet sponsored by ESRI featuring the Samaroo Jets, one of Trinidad's most accomplished and versatile steel bands. Thus there should be plenty of fun and culture mixed in with the more serious business of advancing our professions and the information infrastructures of our nations.

We have a stellar cast of keynote and featured speakers including:

• Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General, Organization of American States
• Makhtar Diop, Director for Strategy and Operations for the World Bank's Latin America and Caribbean Region
• David Maguire, Chief Scientist, ESRI
• Mark Doherty, Executive Director, Technology Architecture and Strategy, Intergraph
• Ed Parsons, The Geospatial Technologist of Google
• Jacqueline daCosta, Chair, Land Information Council, Jamaica
• Dorine Burmanje, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive of the Dutch Cadastre
• Jeff LaBonte, Director General, Data Management and Dissemination Branch, Natural Resources Canada
• John Naustdal Director, Mapping Division, Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority
• John Wilbanks, Director, Science Commons
• Karen Siderelis, Geographic Information Officer, USGS
• Santiago Borrero, Director, Pan American Institute of Geography and History
• Karl Steinacker, Co-chair, UN Geographic Information Working Group and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
• Gilberto Camara, Director, National institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil
• Mark Reichardt, President, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
• Chris Holmes, Managing Director and Strategic Development, Open Planning Project