Published: “Democratizing Urban Watersheds” by Participedia’s SFU Team

Participedia team members from Simon Fraser University, Co-investigator, Joanna Ashworth, and Research Assistant, Tyler Carlson, recently co-wrote an article for Municipal World, a journal distributed to all local governments in Canada.

In the article, Democratizing Urban Watersheds: A Prospect for Participatory Environmental Planning in Metro Vancouver, Ashworth and Carlson explore ongoing planning challenges in urban watersheds in Metro Vancouver. They also discuss an emerging participatory planning tool known as the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, and how the collaborative documentation of such methods on Participedia.net supports a community of practice for environmental planning across municipalities.

The SFU team brings significant expertise in environmental participation to the Participedia project, having contributed multiple articles on the topic, including the case examples of Still Creek and Coquitlam River referenced in the Municipal World article. Ashworth is the Director of Professional Programs, Faculty of Environment and Senior Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Development at Simon Fraser University. Carlson is a Graduate Student at SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management.

Download the full article here.