|Participatory Methods in Community-based Coastal Resource Management - Volume 1 - Introductory Papers (IIRR, 1998)|
|How this sourcebook was produced|
This sourcebook is the final output of the workshop conducted at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in Silang, Cavite, Philippines on 28 July - 08 August 1997. The workshop, organized by IIRR, brought together about 35 community-based coastal resource management (CBCRM) practitioners in Asia. They worked closely with a production team of editors, artists and desktop publishing staff.
It is during the workshop that these participatory tools in CBCRM were compiled and participatory edited. This publication is aimed at community workers, researchers, community leaders, extension agents and field teams of various government, non-government and community-based organizations.
Process, participation and product were the 3Ps stressed in the workshop which recognized the following objectives:
1. To compile participatory field methodologies, tools and approaches used in coastal communities into a sourcebook for use, testing and adaptation by other practitioners and organizations involved in CBCRM.
2. To produce a sourcebook based on succesful practices.
Planning and preparation for the production of the sourcebook started long before the workshop. With the members of the steering committee (representing various organizations in Asia), the focus of the publication was decided on. The steering committee also assisted IIRR in the identification of topics and resource persons for the workshop.
The workshop used a process developed and pioneered by IIRR. This process had been used to produce information kits on a range of topics related to agriculture and natural resources management, including agroforestry technologies in the Philippines, integrated agriculture-aquaculture in Asia, ethnoveterinary medicine in Asia and environmental concepts and actions.
During the workshop, each participant presented his or her draft paper, using overhead transparencies of each page. Copies of each draft were also provided to all other participants who critiqued the draft and suggested revisions.
After the first presentation, an editor-artist team helped the author revise and edit the draft and draw illustrations to accompany the text. The edited draft and artwork were then desktop published to produce a second draft.
Each participant then presented his or her revised draft to the group for the second time, also using transparencies. Again, the audience critiqued it and suggested revisions. After the presentation, the editors, artists and desktop publishing staff again helped the author revise it and develop the third draft. Toward the end of the workshop, the third draft was made available to the participants for final comments and revisions.
The workshop allowed inputs from all participants to be incorporated, taking advantage of the diverse experience and expertise of all present. The concentration of resource persons, editors, artists and desktop publishing staff at one time and place enabled materials to be produced more quickly than is typical for similar publications. And the sharing of experiences among participants allowed the development of networks that would continue to be fruitful long into the future and would lead to concrete follow-up activities.