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.
Resource Links by Topic
- Human Health Benefits Provided by Co-Design of GSI – A Nature Conservancy report providing a new perspective that merges recent innovations: nature for water management and nature for human health.
- Urban Forest Systems and Green Stormwater Infrastructure – A USDA Forest Service report summarizing the stormwater benefits of urban trees and crediting trees in stormwater programs with case studies.
- Regional Planning-Stormwater Parks – Puget Sound Regional Council’s program to help catalyze the development of new stormwater parks.
- 2021 Green Stormwater Infrastructure Summit session recordings:
- Renton’s Stormwater Green Connection Project – Innovative project featured during the Puget Sound Urban Tree Canopy and Stormwater Management Handbook Tour in spring 2022.
- WA DOE: Silva Cells Function as Bioretention Facilities – An article featuring the Washington State (DOE) recognition of Silva Cells for stormwater runoff filtration and local demonstration projects.
- Human Health Co-Benefits of Green Stormwater Infrastructure – A paper proposing that providing landscape improvements and boosting residential greenness is a co-design for co-benefits opportunity as clean water, healthy habitat, and combined sewer overflow (CSO) mitigation projects are designed and implemented.