Books and booklets

Some of our book/booklet projects are listed below.

On Target for People and Planet: Setting and Achieving Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals

International Water Management Institute, 2014

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of goals to end poverty and hunger and sustain the environment. Drafted by 70 nations and currently being discussed in the UN General Assembly, these goals will guide social policy and investments for decades to come.

The International Water Management Institute believes that the key to the goals being achieved lies in how they approach water management.

We worked with managers and researchers from the institute and the institute’s partners to write the 56-page booklet: On Target for People and Planet: Setting and Achieving Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals.

The objectives of the booklet are to:

  • inform the people designing the SDGs of up-to-date scientific methods that can help countries set, measure and monitor national targets to achieve water-related SDGs
  • make countries aware of recent insights and research results which could help them achieve water-related SDGs.

Our role included:

  • reading source material
  • interviewing researchers and partners
  • writing the text
  • sourcing images
  • seeking approval for all content
  • copyediting
  • designing and laying out the booklet.

 

Climate Champion program

Managing Climate Variability and the Grains R&D Corporation, 2012

We worked with the clients and 5 government departments and research agencies to produce a 48-page A5 booklet about the MCV Climate Champion program.

Launched at the National Press Club in March 2012, the booklet showcases the agricultural practices of 34 Australian farmers in managing climate risk.

We researched, wrote and copyedited the farmer profiles, selected images, designed, laid out and proofread the booklet and managed the print production.

Landcare in the Philippines: a practical guide to getting it started and keeping it going

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, 2009

We worked with the 15 Filipino authors (landcare facilitators and leading farmers) to structure, draft, edit and publish the book: Landcare in the Philippines: a practical guide to getting it started and keeping it going.

Jenni and Mary travelled to remote parts of Mindanao and Bohol to interview local people who are embracing landcare. We included their stories (and photos) in the book to demonstrate the landcare processes.

This is one of the most rewarding projects we have worked on.

[raw] [testimonial] [tentry image=”” name=”Noel Vock” company=”Project Leader (Philippines-Australia Landcare Project) Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries”]What a superb result – thanks to everyone who put their hearts and souls into this – congratulations!! [/tentry][/testimonial] [/raw]

Managing for biodiversity in the rangelands

Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2005–07

We edited and published the series of 8 booklets, Managing for biodiversity in the rangelands.

Management of total grazing pressureAssessing financial and environmental impacts of management optionsFire managementManaging feral animals and their impactsBiodiversity monitoring in the rangelands: A way forwardIndustry guidelines for sustainabilityWater managementWeed management

The booklets are written for extension officers, natural resource managers, land managers and industry representatives.

Topics:

  • managing total grazing pressure
  • managing fire
  • industry guidelines
  • assessing financial and environmental impacts of management options
  • managing weeds
  • managing feral animals
  • managing water
  • monitoring biodiversity.

We condensed each of the original 200–400 page scientific reports into 40-page booklets, liaising with authors, designers and sample audiences.

We coordinated all aspects of editing, image selection, design and production.

The outcome: A series of eight 40-page published booklets that meet the needs of extension officers, natural resource managers, land managers and industry representatives.

Landcare in the Philippines: people and places

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, 2004

We edited and produced the book: Landcare in the Philippines: people and places

The book contains stories of people involved in landcare (farmers, local government officers, researchers, priests, local business people etc) and text boxes that summarise the key technical information.

We also trained the landcare facilitators in interview techniques and photography, and we edited the interview transcripts.

We’re proud to say that this book is changing government policy and actions in the Philippines and accelerating the spread of landcare.

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