We support local custodians of biodiversity, such as indigenous peoples to continue protecting the vital ecosystems they live in. Participatory Video can help document and promote traditional knowledge, local culture and languages; and build bridges with scientists, conservationists and decision-makers. Here are some examples.
In 2009 InsightShare was invited by IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) to develop ways to use participatory video to monitor and evaluate climate change adaptation. Over 18 months, we held workshops in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi under the Community-Based Adaptation in Africa (CBAA) initiative.
The Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) and InsightShare in partnership with Ifugao Research and Development Center (IRDC) produced “Lives in the Forest”, a participatory video (PV) on indigenous perspective on Reduce Emission through Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) mechanism and traditional forest management.
'Lives of the Forest' was created by indigenous activists from across the Asia Pacific region exploring the likely impacts of the UN's REDD programme on indigenous resources and lifestyles. It was created during a participatory video facilitator training in Ifugao (Philippines) by representatives of 15 distinct indigenous communities from 8 different countries.
'Los Derechos de la Pachamama' is an emotional and inspiring video that was created as a joint project between five indigenous communities in Peru with the message: 'We wish from out hearts that these rights we are proposing will be added to and that people across the world recover their harmony with our Mother Earth.'
Conversations with the Earth (CWE) is an indigenous-led media network that documents indigenous perspectives on climate change. This newsletter summarizes the latest news about the travels of the CWE multi-media exhibition, the local action plans of the community-owned video hubs and other developments within the growing network.
Some of the poorest people in the world are already coping with a changing climate. InsightShare travelled to Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi to facilitate three Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation workshops. The workshops were to help the local partner organisation and community members keep track of ("Monitor") their ability to cope with changes in the climate and decide together (evaluate) what type of adaptation strategy they thought best for them.
Conversations with The Earth (CWE) is an indigenous-led multi-media campaign to amplify indigenous voices in the global discourse on climate change. Since March 2009 InsightShare has worked with seven communities across three continents to help seed a growing network of community-owned video hubs. After coming back from the Copenhagen Climate Summit (UNCOP15), the indigenous representatives shared their fresh inspiration with their communities and started new initiatives. In this document we look back on all the passionate work that already led to great results during the first half of 2010.
This video is a compilation of the 3 community films made by the Green Agenda working groups, community members and local NGOs of Sremska Mitrovica, Knjaževac and South Banat (Plandište, Bela Crkva, Vršaci) in Serbia during the project “A window to the Green Agenda in the Western Balkans, local storytelling through Participatory Video”.
This video is a compilation of the 3 community films made by the Green Agenda working groups, community members and local NGOs of Mojkovac, Ulcinj and Niksic in Montenegro during the project “A window to the Green Agenda in the Western Balkans, local storytelling through Participatory Video”.