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The PBRM (perception-based regional mapping): A spatial method to support regional development initiatives

Saqalli M., Caron P., Defourny P., Issaka A.. 2009. Applied Geography, 29 (3) : p. 358-370.

This paper examines the relevance of a perception-based regional level mapping tool in rural Niger. Two regions in Niger are examined. Results permit to assume that such a tool helped to fill several gaps: (i) a scale gap between local and nation wide studies; (ii) a scientific gap between biophysical and socio-anthropological sciences; and (iii) a methodological gap of integration between data sources. Moreover, this method is fast, cheap and action-oriented. Data are easily understandable and usable both by rural communities and development agencies. It provides information about human dynamics at a regional level, which cannot be achieved by other methods. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : cartographie; télédétection; niger

Thématique : Méthodes de relevé; Géographie

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