The research project studied realization of landscape services at village scale across three multifunctional rural landscapes in Tanzania through participatory mapping approach. Mapping surveys using printout satellite image of each village were conducted with 313 informants in the three study villages situated in the Southern Highlands region of Tanzania. The surveys focused on participatory mapping of provisioning and cultural landscape services and their spatial patterns in the landscape. The survey results were later shared with the communities (n = 97) in workshops where services were ranked and discussions held about their accessibility.
The study shows that participatory mapping of landscape services has the potential to advance understanding of the benefits that landscapes have for local communities especially in the Global South where local level spatial data on landscape services, land use and natural resources is scarce. This spatially explicit information is important for spatial planning purposes enabling planning to better account for and secure access to landscape services for local communities.
Arki, V., Koskikala, J., Fagerholm, N., Kisanga, D., & Käyhkö, N. (2020). Associations between local land use/land cover and place-based landscape service patterns in rural Tanzania. Ecosystem Services, 41, 101056. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.101056.
Fagerholm, N., Eilola, S., Kisanga, D., Arki, V., & Käyhkö, N. (2019). Place-based landscape services and potential of participatory spatial planning in multifunctional rural landscapes in Southern highlands, Tanzania. Landscape Ecology, 34(7), 1769-1787. doi.org/10.1007/s10980-019-00847-2.