The Social Landscapes 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. 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.
Cities4Forests recommends Mapping Social Landscapes as it provides a clear description of processes, shows visual examples, and offers sample questionnaires, making the methodology accessible to a wide range of audiences. City officials looking to use the methodology should consider adapting the questionnaires to address their target question.
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Qualitative data collection and analysis
Social network analysis map, assessment of stakeholder priorities and values