Communication for forestry management
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CTA. 1995. Communication for forestry management. Spore 58. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Forestry Production and Development Operation (OAPF) project was launched in Mali with the task of ensuring participative and integrated management of three classified forests within a radius of 100 km around the capital, Bamako. The project...
The Forestry Production and Development Operation (OAPF) project was launched in Mali with the task of ensuring participative and integrated management of three classified forests within a radius of 100 km around the capital, Bamako. The project officials have been endeavouring to diversify and improve their means of communication with the rural people involved in the project. One of the means they have found most effective in creating a dialogue with rural people is to use large drawings depicting certain aspects of forestry management. These drawings are produced by an artist, Modibo Koné, alias Jackson, who is well-known in Bamako for his billboards. The pictures are painted on white cloth, about a metre wide and two metres long. Two subjects were chosen: bee keeping and sustainable agriculture. After spending many hours talking to experts about these subjects, the artist designed and produced a number of drawings. He does not have much formal education but the drawings are clear and communicative. During the training sessions the advisers using the drawings stay in the background and let the people interpret and discuss the scenarios depicted in the drawings. They can from time to time ask questions in order to guide and focus the discussions. The difficulties encountered can then be identified, discussed and solutions may be suggested. The drawings have proved very effective for increasing dialogue and for generating useful debate and discussions. However, it is a complicated process to conceive and produce drawings on technical topics, and it is difficult to conform to the informality of traditional communication and still lead to lively discussion. Furthermore, forestry advisory officials have to deal with a wide variety of conditions Some farmers are literate, others are not. The traditional communication systems vary from village to village and each village has its own specific environmental problems. One method of communication would not be suitable for all locations. Inappropriate methods which involve more monologue than dialogue have been used for too long, thus preventing communication and leading to misunderstanding and disappointment among villagers. These drawing will be tried and improved during this project and it is hoped that they will provide and effective communication tool for the diversity of situation found in the project. Jon Anderson Unité Technique Spéciale Opération Aménagement et Productions Forestières BP 2537 Bamako MALI