Today the petting zoo of an elementary school in the Netherlands (Zevenster Zeewolde) was re-opened.
This is a perfect opportunity to have a short evaluation about how local participation and possibilities in creation of green projects are organized and coming together.
There is often enough will power to enhance the area but in practice it seems rather difficult to take steps.
Today i talked with a few volunteers and a representative our local municipality about the possibilities of using this willpower and organizing the finance. I conclude from this two main subjects that seem to be the key factors in developing or enhancing green projects initiatives that i would like to share with you:
A: line up a serious green regional coordinator
to align all activities and communications a coordinator is crucial. There are always people who would like to participate in the opportunity, but without coordination the effort is just enough for basic maintenance. When the basic features like, writing down the tasks and members, are managed then there is room for new idea's and expansion of more initiatives.
This role is also backed by our municipality for other green expansion projects. Area coordinators seem to be one of the major game changers/key players in developing more nature. The coordinator gives control to the municipality and answers and guidelines to the participators.
Currently i'm thinking about ways to create more coordinator roles in area's where there is room for expansion of nature. Working from a normal home of even with their own, grid independent earthship like, home when the area is more remote.
To tap into more participation and will power the people need to know first what is happening in the area. You need to start giving answers to the following questions:
These kind of topics need to be shared over the various media like a facebook page, blog, twitter, e-mail list etcetera.
Conclusion of the day
When a coordinator and communication are in place, things can really start to happen and expansion and participation will follow. Every municipality should at least have ONE local green expansion coordinator, or more regional coordinators that
Communication: what type of food is allowed for the animals
Participation by local organizations: