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Participatory 3D modelling within the Tsitsa River basin, South Africa

Participatory 3D modelling within the Tsitsa River basin, South Africa

Event Overview

In the framework of its Southern Africa Regional Business Plan, CTA is in the process of elaborating an initiative in partnership with Rhodes University, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and possibly Google Earth Outreach consisting the deployment of Participatory 3D Modelling process within one of the tributary catchments of the larger Tsitsa River basin where the large Ntabelanga dam will be constructed in the framework of a US$1.25 billion project which forms part of eighteen strategic infrastructure projects under the South African government’s integrated development programme.

Working with the DEA, researchers from Rhodes University and other institutions are conducting baseline inquiries, social- and ecological baselines, and setting up a holistic long-term (ten year) monitoring programme, building community capacity, and facilitating integrated, community-centered, climate-smart agricultural landscape management in the face of impending social and environmental change through participatory processes.

While most of the participatory mapping activities in the area will be conducted in partnership with Google Earth Outreach, one catchment will benefit from a P3DM process and this will offer the opportunity for comparing the impact of two different mapping processes in terms of community participation, involvement and motivation.

Accompanied by researchers from the Rhodes University, Giacomo Rambaldi will conduct a field visit to the Sinxaxo village, near Maclear, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on the 3rd and 4th of December 2015 to meet community members and introduce the P3DM process.


  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • RU

    Located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Rhodes is a small university which enjoys the distinction of having among the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. This is testimony to the quality of students that Rhodes attracts and of academic provision, and to the commitment of Rhodes staff to student development and success. Of the more than 7 000 students, 26% are postgraduates and 20% are international students from 40 countries around the world, making Rhodes a dynamic and cosmopolitan knowledge institution. Students are able to undertake an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the faculties of Humanities, Science, Commerce, Pharmacy, Law and Education. With the most favourable academic staff to student ratio among South African universities, Rhodes students are guaranteed easy access to academics and close supervision. The University takes pride in its motto, Where Leaders Learn, and producing graduates who are knowledgeable intellectuals, skilled professionals, and critical, caring and compassionate citizens who can contribute to economic and social development and an equitable, just and democratic society.

  • DEA

    As the sector and the Department, we aim to radically transform our approach to environmental protection, while also balancing it with socio- economic development – crucial pillars on which sustainable development rests. As a nation we adopted the National Development Plan, which maps out the vision of the country for the 20 years ahead. In the environment sector, we will implement related aspects of the priority areas that deal with environmental protection and sustainable development. Also in our quest to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, particularly environmental protection and poverty reduction, we continue to promote various initiatives that galvanise unprecedented efforts to make South Africa a better country for all who live in it. The department therefore aims to provide leadership in environmental management, utilisation, conservation and protection of ecological infrastructure.

  • Google Earth Outreach

    Google Earth Outreach gives nonprofits and public benefit organisations the knowledge and resources they need to visualise their cause and tell their story in Google Earth & Maps to hundreds of millions of people. Google Earth Outreach is Google's program for donating and supporting non-profit organisations spreading the knowledge of global awareness since 2007. Google Earth Outreach offers online training on using Google Earth and Google Maps for public education on issues affecting local regions or the entire globe. People who create content for the public benefit sector can submit their KML to the Showcase Gallery, where content on Global Development, Public Health, Environment and Science, Culture and Education, and Social Services is posted. The program has been launched in 9 countries: US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and Brazil. This program also has a folder in Google Earth featuring layers from the programs it supports. Eligible charitable organisations can apply for a grant of the Google Earth Pro software, Google SketchUp Pro software, and Google Maps API Premier grants.