Participatory mapping allows researchers to collect spatial information from stakeholders directly. Mapping materials can include sketch maps, scaled printed maps, 3-D landscape models, and digital maps. 

Most projects that use participatory mapping do so at a local scale. It is always recommended to select participants relevant to the process and issues at the study scale. 


Further Reading:

Good Practices in Participatory Mapping- IFAD

Method Profile: Participatory Mapping - ValuES 

Participatory Mapping Software