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How to Collaborate with Stakeholders and Experts for Compounding Benefits of a Healthy Community Forest

Co-Design is all about collaborating with stakeholders and experts to develop successful on-the-ground projects and programs. Open dialogue about design for lasting systems that are maintained and enhanced ensures the most benefit to the community.

Considerations about Co-Design

  • The more interdisciplinary and cross-departmental involvement in planning, implementation, and management of projects, the greater the success.

  • Encourage co-design for stacked benefits and innovative systems thinking that address issues and achieve an overall positive solution.

  • Involve community stakeholders early and often for better buy-in, support, and stewardship.
  • Include an urban forestry expert on the team to provide integral knowledge about trees and forest function, species performance, and maintenance needs.

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