Ashley Scott Kelly

Announcing DCAM Pilot for Tanintharyi, Myanmar

www.designforconservation.org/news/announcing-dcam-pilot-tanintharyi-myanmar

The Development and Conservation Awareness Map (DCAM) is being piloted in Myanmar's Tanintharyi Region with civil society groups and international NGOs. The objective is to coordinate often contradictory knowledge of development projects, at any stage of planning and operation, impacting the region and to facilitate dialogue. This is paramount given the current climate of domestic and international investment in Tanintharyi, the complex state of dual-administration, the simultaneous presence of several international NGOs, the persistence of displaced persons and ethnic conflict, the drafting of new land use plans, forest laws, and impact requirements, and not least the region's critical ecological value. As new plans for projects are discovered or as existing projects change course, they can be added to the map via simple drawing tools, uploading, and commentary by the platform's diverse user groups.

Development and Conservation Awareness Map for Dawei

This effort to compile and present spatially explicit data is not alone in Myanmar, and in fact, several are in the pipeline for pilot in Tanintharyi. DCAM is at most meant to fulfil a transitional but necessary role, importantly to facilitate equitable dialogue during the ongoing formalization of land uses in conflict regions. DCAM recognizes the importance of Tanintharyi's very recent conflict histories; in the coming months, the platform's "chapters" will be expanded to include zoomable maps that narrate the evolution of development and conservation conflicts in Tanintharyi since the late 1980s. DCAM is also developed as a pedagogical tool in use at the University of Hong Kong to both coordinate and disseminate innovative landscape planning strategies developed in programs in landscape architecture. These maps and strategies provide insight into geographic and landscape knowledge from outside the environmental, biological and social sciences.

Geotagged photos and landscape planning projects.
Geotagged photos and landscape planning projects.
User commentary and file sharing.
User commentary and file sharing.
Deforestation 2000-2014.
Deforestation 2000-2014.

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