Potential of participatory geographic information system to build environmental information ecosystem and claim environmental justice: A research agenda for Fisherfolk community in Bangladesh

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A participatory geographic information system (GIS) is a process through which disadvantaged groups can access geospatial information technologies and techniques to enhance their capacity to generate, manage, analyze, and communicate different spatial information. Environmental information regarding climate change impacts, natural disasters, access to natural resources, and ecological degradation are significant for nature-dependent disadvantaged groups in developing climate-vulnerable countries, making participatory GIS relevant. These groups can also use such information to claim environmental justice at local, national, and global levels since their marginalization is due to unequal exploitation of ecological resources by more powerful groups. The fisherfolk community in Bangladesh is a nature-dependent disadvantaged, unorganized working group where participatory GIS could be relevant to build an environmental information ecosystem for them to claim environmental justice. However, since fisherfolks lack participation in the policymaking process due to a lack of information, motivation, organization, and digital inclusion impacted by their socio-economic status, participatory GIS may not work without understanding the enabling socio-economic factors. Therefore, this short research paper aims to set a research agenda for participatory action research by exploring the potential of a participatory geographic information system since academic literature has not adequately focused on this issue.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Conference, iConference 2023 Virtual Event, March 13–17, 2023 Proceedings, Part II
EditorsIsaac Sserwanga, Anne Goulding, Heather Moulaison-Sandy, Jia Tina Du, António Lucas Soares, Viviane Hessami, Rebecca D. Frank
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783031280320
ISBN (Print)9783031280313
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventiConference 2023 - Online, Switzerland
Duration: 13 Mar 202317 Mar 2023
Conference number: 18th
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-28035-1 (Proceedings)
https://www.ischools.org/event-details/iconference-2023-physical-program (Website)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceiConference 2023
Abbreviated titleiConference 2023
Internet address


  • Bangladesh
  • Environmental information
  • Environmental justice
  • Fisherfolk
  • Participatory GIS

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