Practical hints for user-friendly field guides. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R7367: Guide to plant field guides - Phases I and II.

Foresters, botanists, herbalists, park managers and many others often have to prepare simple handouts, leaflets, guides, posters and public information materials about plants and trees. Now, a new manual gives them practical hints on how to tailor information materials to particular audiences. Plus, there's a website where they can find information to help identify flora and download copyright-free pictures. Semi-literate villagers in southwest Ghana could name 80% of the trees in the forest after just a short session with a farmer-friendly photo guide prepared with the help of the manual. Before, they could name less than 5%. In Sierra Leone and Tanzania, other guides are also already in use.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.


FRP45, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 85.

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