Giacomo is Sr. Programme Coordinator at the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in the Netherlands. He has 28 years professional experience in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, South-East Asia, South Pacific and the Caribbean where he worked for a number of international organizations including FAO, Italian Aid to Development, the ASEAN Regional Center for Biodiversity Conservation and the Asian Development Bank. He holds a degree in agricultural sciences from the State University of Milan, and is currently conducting a PhD research in Communication Science at the WUR in the Netherlands. Giacomo’s first involvement in community mapping dates back to the late 80’s. Giacomo has been developing and promoting Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM), a community-based mapping method fully integrated with GPS and GIS, now widely used in South-east Asia and other parts of the world. In August 2000 he launched Participatory Avenues http://www.iapad.org, a web site dedicated to sharing knowledge on community mapping. Giacomo is the author of a number of publications on these subjects, developer of http://www.ppgis.net and administrator of the [ppgis] Dgroup.