Guiding Principles Intrinsic to MarSIS

Strengthening ecosystem-based management across California, the Caribbean region and globally

Kimberly Baldwin's PhD was a PGIS in St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada, Caribbean for SusGren Inc.


Participatory research helps build partnerships and allows stakeholders to work together to develop a shared understanding  of our environment. By strengthening people’s capacity to work together and create spatial information, we are better able to identify environmental challenges facing our communities, develop effective local solutions thereby increasing ownership in management.

Marine resource users working with Kim Baldwin mapping local knowledge of marine habitats, resources and space-uses as part of a PGIS for the Grenadine Island of Bequia.


I am passionate about mapping our coastal marine habitats, resources and space-uses of the environment. Applying participatory research approaches allows for the engagement of stakeholders to better understand and map their knowledge of the environment and interactions within the ecosystem. This not only allows for stakeholders to create spatial information, but the process of working together to develop and understand a range of ecosystem-based information strengthens ownership in data-driven decision-making and collaborative management. 

Kim Baldwin engaged fishers across the Grenadines to map their local knowledge of marine habitats, resources, space-uses and fishing grounds as part of her PGIS research.


By involving stakeholders in the process of creating spatial information we gain insight on the intrinsic value of our environment. Together we can then develop a shared understanding of our ecosystem and our challenges so that we can begin to work together and create a plan for the future. This process not only supports informed and transparent decision-making, it serves to strengthen communities and empowers people to participate in the management of our social and ecological resources.

Dr. Kimberly Baldwin worked with fishers to collect fishing knowledge of the Pedro Bank as part of the participatory MSP process in Jamaica.