Local communities are often best placed to understand how to live in harmony with their environment. The following videos, articles, photostories and case studies are examples of different communities around the world using Participatory Video to organise, mobilise and express themselves in order to put local knowledge at the centre of natural resource management.
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Himalayan Voices (compilation)

 Natural Resource Management in the Himalayan/Hindu Kush Regions

Becoming a Participatory Video Facilitator (part two)

The second part of the story exploring the training of participatory video facilitators amongst the Yaqui and Comcaac communities in Sonora, Mexico.

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Farmer-to-Farmer Video: The Improved Stove - Why and how to make it?

This training video presents the benefits of an improved stove design, by comparing it to the 'traditional stove': a metal tripod or mud structure with an open fire underneath, which many people in the world use to warm their homes and cook their meals. It also demonstrates exactly how to build it and which materials and tools are needed. The video was made by four farmers and four staff members from the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) during a participatory video workshop in Baraguan, Surkhet, Nepal. 

Farmer-to-farmer video at the Himalayan Permaculture Centre; a participatory video and action research project

In a mountainous, isolated part of the Surkhet district in Nepal, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) works to support people in ten rural villages by promoting no-or-low cost, locally appropriate techniques that have the potential to improve livelihoods. In February 2014, an action research project was undertaken to explore if a farmer-to-farmer mediated extension model, based around the production and dissemination of videos featuring local farmers and HPC staff, could effectively support HPC in their mission.

PV in Conservation, Markets and Justice Research Programme

In May-June 2014, the University of East Anglia invited InsightShare to conduct a training programme in participatory video facilitation for its researchers engaged in the ESRC-funded 'Conservation, Markets and Justice Research Programme'. A two-stage training and mentoring programme was developed for the researchers coming from the UK, Tanzania, Bolivia and China. The training was delivered in Norwich, UK and Kilwa District, Tanzania.

Capacity Building in Participatory Video Facilitation in Bolivia

In December 2012, IUCN Netherlands invited InsightShare to conduct a capacity building programme in participatory video facilitation for its partner staff based in various regions of Bolivia. A three-stage training programme was developed for staff from Fundación Natura Boliva (FNB), NATIVA and Faunagua, and delivered between March and May 2013.

Participatory Video in Sakal Aduma

In December 2012, IUCN Netherlands invited InsightShare to conduct a capacity building programme in participatory video facilitation for its partner staff based in Meghalaya, north-east India. A three-stage training programme was developed for staff from the Wildlife Trust of India and reporters from the ‘What If We Change’ project, and delivered between January and April 2013. View the photo story here: http://tinyurl.com/PhotostorySakalAduma

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TYI (Water)

This video was created by the people of Aretika - a small village located along the Simsang river in the South Garo Hills, Meghalaya, India. Traditionally, the people of Aretika have always been dependent on fishery to provide for their daily bread. In recent years however, the Simsang river has become heavily polluted as a result of the exploitation of numerous illegal coal mines along its banks.

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Cattle Grazing in the Forest Reserve

This short video (mixing drama with some interviews) explores the impact of free-grazing cattle inside the community-owned forest reserve.  Through the video-making process the participants investigated the issues and put forward proposals for protecting the reserve.  Their recommendations include establishing an cross-community agreement to cease all grazing inside the forest and the posting of signboards to remind everyone of the ban on free-grazing.

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Jhumming (Shifting Cultivation) in Sakal Aduma

Made by the people of Sakal Aduma village in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya, India. Mixing documentary and drama this short video explores the practise of 'Jhumming' - traditional methods of shifting cultivation - and how recent decreases in yields are forcing many within this tiny rural community (approximately 25 households) to consider taking up permanent agriculture in the form of plantations; in particular coffee, tea, orange and cardamom.