Mapping Social Landscapes: A Guide to Identifying the Networks, Priorities, and Values of Restoration Actors

August 2018

by Kathleen Buckingham, Sabin Ray, Ana Gabriela Morales, Ruchika Singh, Ornanong Maneerattana, Satrio Wicaksono, Hanny Chrysolite, Aaron Minnick, Lisa Johnston and Bernadette Arakwiye

The guidebook takes a new approach to environmental governance by focusing on identifying the social capital of actors within the landscapes. It centers on two main approaches: 1) mapping actors’ resource flows and 2) mapping actors’ priorities and values. Co-written by WRI international offices, this methodology has been tested in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Rwanda. The guidebook focuses primarily on restoration, but the same methodologies can be adapted to broader analysis of natural resource governance. By using this guidebook, environmental practitioners can be more efficient with resources, collaboration, and outreach, and better anticipate potential conflicts and bottlenecks.

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