"How can we best work together to build meaningful and effective evaluation for community forestry in Nova Scotia?" William Martin, Rising Forest and Medway Community Forest Co-Operative Board member
A two day process to build the evaluation criteria for the first Community Forest project in Nova Scotia. These criteria will influence the ongoing work of the community forest as well as the continued funding after the two year pilot period. The event included all key stakeholders from community, government and the private sector as well as evaluation professionals.
The Medway Community Forest Co-op is a pilot for an alternative model of Crown land management. Its development must establish both a successful business model and the social innovation needed for community led stewardship of natural resources. All aspects of the work must be deliberately designed to meet functional requirements while also building capacity for collaborative decision making. Evaluation of these efforts will need to be transparent, adaptive, and support clear objectives for community forestry in Nova Scotia. !