This paper gives a comparative overview of the use of objective/quantitative and subjective/narrative information in understanding the historical land use changes in Uganda. Data obtained from using PRA/RRA methods and from a longitudinal survey are compared and contrasted. Further explanations are provided as to how and why the discrepancies arose and how they were resolved by the use of various triangulation methods. The paper emphasises the importance of understanding the local perceptions and in taking proper care in interpreting them.
International Institute for Environment and Development