Bioregional Mapping

Information on methods pretaining to Bioregional Mapping.

Landscape Values Institute

The Landscape Values Institute is a non-profit consortium of international researchers and planners interested in advancing knowledge about landscape values to improve land allocation and management. Landscape value and special place mapping is a planning technique whose principles are grounded in sustainable land use and environmental protection, meaningful public participation, and the inclusion of multiple values in land use decision making.

Within the web site you will find numerous examples of applications,methods, and tools for mapping and analyzing landscape values and special places. You will also find resources to help design and implement landscape value mapping for a variety of planning applications.

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Community and Green Mapping Resource Guide

Need to document your community's assets and visions? You can buy a 60 page community and green mapping resource guide produced by the nice folk at Common Ground for CAD$20... or download it for free here.

Community Mapping Network

The Community Mapping Network (CMN) was created to share a wealth of natural resource information and maps with communities in British Columbia, Canada. 

Uses of Information
The CMN integrates data from many sources and makes it accessible through a user friendly mapping system. There are many uses of the information including:

  • community planning
  • storm water management
  • habitat restoration & enhancement
  • watershed planning
  • development referrals
  • impact assessment
  • coastal planning
  • research
  • education and awareness
  • emergency response

You may also learn about community mapping projects in other parts of the world including Japan, Mexico, Nepal and Indonesia using a map-based Project Directory.

The main objective of the CMN is to promote planning sustainable communities.

Many sensitive habitats such as urban and smaller rural watercourses, eelgrass beds, riparian areas and wetlands remain unknown, poorly understood, and suffer from impacts of human development.

Methods provided through CMN reflect a novel set of tools to explore and promote awareness of these habitats by mapping their location and inventorying their attributes. The awareness and commitment to local watercourses and other sensitive habitats is an important process created through co-operation of local communities, First Nations, municipalities, planners, and managers.

Community mapping methods comprise a set of tools and methods that can be used to help conserve fisheries, wildlife and aquatic habitat resources throughout British Columbia.

Community Mapping Toolbox

Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development (IAPAD) - Participatory Avenues acts as focal point for sharing information and technical progress on community-based mapping and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS).