Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
A difference will be made when we approach decisionmakers with a plan that authentically involves community during the whole process. By doing this we get to know neighbor's needs and interests and put them in a design that will change their environment, and consequently public spaces will be better utilized. Workshops, trainings, field trips, and voluntary work are some methologies that could be applied in our projects. This automatically promotes local identity and a sense of belonging.
These processes will support the management of local governments. This way we make sure to act according the local urbanism and public space regulations.
The main objective is to educate people about the importance of increase biodiversity in our cities.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Cities are ecosystems too, and so the objective is to increase benefits from ecosystemic services, as improve urban environment, beings' health, creating sustainable cities and biodiversity friendly.
Impact will be measured by three different categories: social, ecological, and architectural indicators; a previous diagnosis will be required for the first two. Social indicators are related with number of environmental leaders we train in communities each project, number of visitors (and satisfaction) onsite after each project, and amount of entities (local governments, companies, community organizations) we work with per year. Ecological has to do with monitoring flora and fauna populations to determine behaviors (increase, decrease, new populations). Architectural indicators are related to quantity of squared meters we intervene per year.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Public-Private association is key for this initiative to success in the long term. The strategy consists in prioritize a three local governments to work with per year (ideally those within the same watershed, for ecological connectivity), evaluate their social and economical context and identify potential partner companies.
Potential site(s) to intervene are identified and proposed to decisionmakers. Once site is determined (either micro, medium or macro scale), a draft project with budget is presented to potential partner companies.