This manual is designed for people who wish to facilitate a participatory inventory. It can be used by people who work with villagers, or by the villagers themselves. The users of the manual must have a good level of literacy and an understanding of basic mathematics. A participatory inventory is, by definition, an inventory done with the participation or active involvement of a village. The villagers make all the crucial decisions, and are involved in all of the steps of the inventory. The role of the people who use this manual is solely that of facilitator. The aim of this manual is to provide the facilitators with step by step instructions on how to conduct a participatory inventory, which the facilitators in turn must relay to the villagers. For each step of the method, therefore, the manual describes how to explain any new information to the villagers and how to provide them with training in any new skills.
Tropical Forestry Papers no. 38. 330pp. Oxford Forestry Institute (OFI). Oxford, UK. ISBN:0 85074 145 9. ISSN:0141-9668.