The Co-creation Process in Genova
Genova chose the European Awareness Scenario Workshop (EASW) method for the co-creation workshops, as the local community is at the beginning of the process of understanding the concept of nature-based solutions (NBS) and involving stakeholders in the implementation of NBS. Genova municipality employees were generally not familiar with NBS and the knowledge of NBS among the workshop participants varied. Co-creation is not a standard procedure in Genova. Prior to the UNaLab project, the Municipality of Genova experimented with various forms of participatory processes. The co-creation workshops implemented as part of the UNaLab project represented an advancement in co-creation mainstreaming for the city.
SET-UP OF THE WORKSHOPS
In Genova, the co-creation workshops were dedicated to the re-development of the plan for the Gavoglio barracks located in the centre of the Lagaccio district. The focus of the workshops was to explain NBS as a concept and for the participants to apply NBS for the re-design of the Gavoglio area. The aim was to present the available data and the analyses carried out on the ground, and to acknowledge the observations and problems of the citizens, their needs and expectations, and to illustrate the possible project scenarios.
Selection of Participants
The selection of participants was made by the workshop organisers together with the city’s participation office. The standard approach for the selection of stakeholders is normally determined by the nature of the project. The city uses databases that can be adapted according to the type of the project. Sometimes, a more random selection method is used such as distribution of flyers or participation to local events. The workshop participants consisted of local residents from the area and people involved in designing and developing the Gavoglio barracks into an urban park.