principles for a MLA survey:
Spend enough time with
a community to build understanding and trust and adapt to their activity
schedule. We suggest a minimum of one month.
Take time to build up
a common understanding of terms: adapt to their words and
classifications of land types, resources, values etc.
Always realize that
local people are the experts in a survey that wants to find out ‘what is
important to communities?’.
The TREP team used a
for the Gorongosa National Park
survey. Later they came to Kalimantan to test
'spatial scoring' in Lio Mutai, one of the original MLA villages.