“Think globally, act locally” is a longtime slogan of those who seek to change the world around them. This has never been more true than with developing effective strategies for combating climate change: every local act has an impact. The Governors' Climate and Forest Task Force has been working with dozens of state- and local-level governments, groups, and Indigenous Peoples to create and implement successful forestry management programs which stand to dramatically impact the world’s carbon uptake, helping to mitigate the impacts of a warming planet.
Notchcode designed a case study booklet to highlight four examples of local governments working hand-in-hand with indigenous groups to protect and sustainably manage forests that have traditionally been a part of their land. The Climate and Land Use Alliance and Climate Advisers brought Notchcode in for our expertise in crafting compelling designs that help bring these stories to life.
These case studies, had to speak to both policymakers and the media, and contained a large amount of technical data in addition to compelling narratives written by Climate Advisers. Our job was to present these details along with GCF-produced imagery and accurate maps created by us in a way that inspired discussions about how Indigenous People have both a vital role in forest stewardship and an undeniable stake in the outcome of local, national, and global climate policies.

Interior page spread of the Yurok Tribe case study. Pull quotes on each spread draw the reader into the content. Maps and imagery bring the reader to the ancestral territory of the indigenous people that are at the center of each narrative.

We created custom maps for each case study, based on GIS and other client-provided data. The goal with these maps is to bring a sense of place and scale to each story, as quickly as possible. This map of a section of the Yucatán Peninsula shows agricultural divisions that have committed to sustainable farming and ranching practices, as well as divisions that have enlisted in future such commitments.

Each story included original imagery from the case study areas in Indonesia, California, Brazil, and Mexico. 

For production, we worked with a local printer who was FSC Certified and uses environmentally-sustainable practices in their supply chain. They were able to produce the piece within a quick timeframe for use at the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018.
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