International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Community mapping projects have been studied as important contributions to the field of environmental justice and Public Participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS). As a collaborative project between the Colectivo Salud y Justicia Ambiental and Red de Ciudadanos por el Mejoramiento de las Comunidades (RECIMEC), the “Mapeo Comunitario de la Zona Alamar” was created as a mechanism for community participation in the urban planning process in Tijuana, México. This paper outlines the project’s community mapping process, including planning, data collection, priority identification, and data submission. Results from this community mapping project are analyzed including the (1) particular environmental risks and goods in this border region, (2) the influence that the project data had on the urban planning process, and (3) the impact that the community mapping process had on community organizing capacity. Our findings point to particular environmental challenges in this border city including clandestine trash dumps, and contaminated water runoff points. The mapping project influenced the land use planning process by identifying the key environmental risks and goods to prioritize in the zoning and ground truthing urban planning data. The community mapping project also had a key impact on community organizing through the fomenting of knowledge and relationships between community members and government representatives at the city’s urban planning agency.
Community based mapping, Environmental justice, Public participation, Urban planning
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Carolina Prado, Colectivo Salud y Justicia Ambiental, and Red de Ciudadanos para el Mejoramiento de las Comunidades. "Border environmental justice PPGIS: Community-based mapping and public participation in eastern Tijuana, México" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2021): 1-18. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031349