Illustrated Natural Asset Maps: A novel tool to communicate the importance of nature in cities

Illustrated Natural Asset Maps are uniquely powerful visual tools that simplify, represent and communicate information about complex ecosystem structures, functions and services in a geographic area. The maps support local governments to integrate biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management into urban planning and community involvement for sustainable development and improved quality of life

This case study focuses on Kochi’s innovative participatory approach to natural asset mapping.  The city featured local and traditional knowledge to produce outputs that are not just visually stimulating, but which may also enhance citizens’ local environmental accountability.