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Created on 03 December 2012


This participatory video which was made in South Kivu, Congo DRC is part of an IUCN NL learning trajectory aimed at reinforcing the relationship between ecology and development through the use of audiovisual media in capacity building.

The forest of Businga in South-Kivu, Congo DRC, has gradually disappeared since the 1980s. Around 15.000 people depend on the area for their daily survival. This film was made by local people and shows the impact of the loss of the forest on their livelihoods, as well as their urge for a sustainable future.

How do local people perceive the relationship between ecology and development in the areas where they live? What is the impact of the destruction of the environment on their livelihoods? To find answers to these questions, the Ecosystem Grants Programme (EGP) of IUCN NL started a learning trajectory on the use of audiovisual media for capacity building. The programme intends to enable its partners and local beneficiaries to tell their own story about the sustainable use and conservation of ecosystems, biodiversity, local livelihoods and development, to stimulate a constructive dialogue between stakeholders and to assist local communities and civil society organizations in finding solutions to their problems through integrated conservation and development approaches.

As a first step in the learning trajectory, IUCN NL together with local partner organizations trained and encouraged a diverse group of local stakeholders in two degraded natural areas in East Congo to make their own films and to share their views and opinions, problems and possible solutions to the wider world. On the basis of these participatory videos IUCN NL is in the process of developing a number of educational films, which form part of a complete toolkit, including film projection equipment. The films are to be used by local organizations during community-based sensitization sessions in eastern DRC (and other countries) to open up discussion with community members on alternative and sustainable ways of managing their ecosystem. The educational films will be accompanied by a moderation guide that will help the animators to address the right questions and link the debate back to the images and issues shown in the films. This will help to stimulate a constructive dialogue between the community members, the IUCN partner organizations and other (international) organizations active in the region or working on similar issues in different parts of the world.

More info: imke.gilsing[at]iucn[dot]nl,
Produced by: The community of Ishamba
Year: 2012
Language: (English subtitles)



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