Samoa: In a research involving participatory 3D modelling (P3DM) in Western Samoa has established that P3DM contributes to natural resource management and climate change resilience. The research was conducted between February and April 2016 to explore the effectiveness and potential of P3DM in the region.
The results showed the transformative power of the process at various levels, such as community, NGO and governmental level. Through the P3DM process, meaningful interactions between government representatives and community members resulted in greater collaboration and mutual learning.
While government representatives have changed the way they approach local communities – from ‘teaching’ to ‘listening’ – communities have also changed their attitude towards land management and development.
Since 2012 the local government together with local communities in Western Samoa have carried out a total of 19 participatory 3D modelling (P3DM) exercises in the context of agroforestry management, water management and tourism development.