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.
Soledad Muniz, InsightShare Associate, has contributed with two articles in the PLA 63 How wide are the ripples? From local participation to international organisational learning: 'Western Balkans Green Agenda, local storytelling through participatory video making', in the section 'Making Sense'; and 'InsightShare's global network of community video hubs' in the section 'Structures, mechanisms and spaces'.
Working in 6 Balkan countries MilieuKontakt and Kocka implemented a participatory process of local sustainable development called 'The Green Agenda'. Between November 2009 and October 2010 InsightShare facilitators visited the Green Agenda working groups in Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia to introduce participatory video as a way to tell their stories. This is the story of the workshops...
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.
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.
In Dumba village, the seasons have changed beyond recognition. When rains are meant to come, villagers are facing drought, when harvest traditionally used to occur, floods from the river nearby sweep everything away. People are resorting to traditional foods, migration, old and new crop varieties and community support to survive.
In August 2009, representatives of eight Samoan villages took part in a Participatory Video project that resulted in the creation of the film 'Tofiga O Pili Aau'. This Photostory is a visual record of the process through which the group planned, filmed and edited their video and describes the key stages in the decision-making process.
Forest dwellers feel the heat as traditional seasons fail. Fruits are rotting on the trees due to the excessive heat. Even the forest floor is drying up. ‘Facing Changes in African Forests’ was created by members of the Baka community in eastern Cameroon during a Participatory Video training in April 2009.