Using Interactive Web Tools in Environmental Planning to Improve Communication About Sustainable Development

This article examines how communication in the context of environmental issues can be supported by modern web tools, social media, and new visualisation approaches.

Furthermore, the potential of social media to support communication about sustainability on a local scale and the prerequisites for its use in the planning process are discussed. Using a case study about citizens’ response to the development of intensive livestock farming in rural setting, we examine what the perception of sustainability on local scale could mean for citizens. Another case study about interactive landscape planning illustrates how such tools can promote communication about environmental issues and local sustainability. Using a framework for the use of social media, we suggest different application levels of social media in participatory planning. Finally, the opportunities to support sustainable decisions with landscape visualisation in environmental planning and decision-making issues are discussed.

For more information, refer to http://eldis.org/go/topics/resource-guides/icts-for-development/icts-and-education&id=67090&type=Document#.U_RX4mP6e2k.

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