Community creates unique map to get climate ready
Carse of Gowrie project has created unique maps showing natural and man-made features identified by the community. Users can customise a map with special features that interest them
The community in the Carse of Gowrie have, through a series of workshops, created a set of maps of biodiversity, drainage, historic orchards and many other assets in the area. The maps are a result of a series of citizen science and training workshops to empower the community to manage their assets in light of potential risks and opportunities from climate change.
Visualising community knowledge enables residents to record what matters to them in their local area, assess the risks to these assets and identify what needs to be done to protect the local area from the impacts of climate change.
Map of waterways in the Carse produced by Chris Arnold
The maps can also provide a unique dataset for local and national government and agencies to engage the local community in identifying priorities for adaptation planning at the local level and making planning decisions.
One of the features mapped in the Carse are the man-made drainage ditches known as POWs. This drainage system is important for dealing with extreme rainfall and flooding. Other residents have mapped features of special interest to them such as particular flora or fauna.
A group of participants are committed to continuing the mapping work through the Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group.
The project is using Sniffer and GeoGeo’s new framework for community mapping – a state of the art data-collection and engagement tool. Mapping experts GeoGeo have used the ground breaking technology in other parts of the world. This is the first time the mapping framework is used by a community engagement project in Scotland.