Dryland Forestry

The Participatory Transformation - Agents of Change

This initiative aims at empowering communities to document their restoration journey enabling long-term transformational change towards sustainable land and forest management.

By adopting a learning-by-doing approach, FAO’s use of the participatory video approach in the Making every voice count for adaptive management initiative will help countries capture the current landscape conditions and monitor the change throughout the project's lifetime. It can maximize the impact and sustainability of development initiatives, facilitating knowledge sharing, informed decision-making, and knowledge management. As we enter the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), communities need to be empowered and trained to be active agents for knowledge documentation and monitoring.

Making every voice count for adaptive management (MEV-CAM) aims to give close and structured attention to document not only in writing but also in a visual medium. The process aims to capture new insights and opportunities, lessons learned, and obstacles overcome that can be used by stakeholders at the local, regional and national level for fostering dialogue, documenting knowledge and also influencing policy and decision-making processes.

Most of the work we do within the field of communications, monitoring and evaluation, we do it through words; we write, we discuss, we present, we represent, we inform, we reflect and then we disseminate. Simply put, most of this is only limited to words, either vocally or in texts/reports. These might not always serve the most important stakeholders who are agents of change in our projects, the community members. Whilst the significance of these written texts is undisputed, there are evidence to support the use of other forms of communication strategies. Chief among them are videos, more specifically, participatory videos.