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Handbook 6: Involving community members in planning and implementation
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Using creative tools to encourage local participation and action in sub-Saharan Africa

Environmental challenges tend to be complex and multi-layered. Decision-making around such issues – and around the management of urban natural assets – therefore needs to embrace a wide range of understandings, viewpoints, values and knowledge systems. Although historically, in Africa, city plans were developed without the input of the public, there has been growing recognition that it would be impossible to transform cities into sustainable centres that are resilient to changes without the support and participation of local community members. As a result, it’s now considered best practice to involve residents in urban planning and decision-making processes, as well as in the actual implementation of interventions.

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