During the 2018 ACCA GA, the New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP) and Witness will provide a hands-on training that teaches community representatives and advocates to use cell phones to visually document water resources and contamination. This training seeks to equip communities with the tools required to have a better understanding of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).
The training will cover key sources of water contamination caused by oil and solid mineral extraction; ethical and technical guidelines for capturing effective video footage with cell phones; strategies for utilizing footage; drafting correspondence to public officials to draw attention to footage; how to organise footage and add metadata like GPS; and networking with peers. The workshop requires no prior experience in filming or scientific investigation—only possession of any kind of cell phone capable of taking photo or video!
This training will share lessons from citizens all over the world—notably in Nigeria, Haiti and the Southern United States—who have successfully used citizen water monitors to protect their rights and resources.
NMAP - Jessie Landerman