Building Power in the Community
Community residents were engaged in developing their own 'green plan' for their neighbourhood, and then cleaned up derelict areas and planted vegetables, herbs and flowers. They improved their own nutrition, saved money on buying food and grew sufficient produce to sell or share with others in the community. In addition, the project empowered local residents to participate in community affairs by getting people involved in stakeholder engagement processes. Due to its success, the project was expanded to 6 other communities and eventually incorporated into the regular programs of the Bangkok Metropolitan Area (BMA). The project improved the physical environment of the neighbourhoods, as well as empowered local residents through stakeholder engagement processes. As one participant, a resident of Bangkok Noi, said "the most important aspect of this project was building power in the community".
The project model was subsequently adopted by the Bangkok Municipal Administration, which set up a small grants fund to support urban greening projects in each of the BMA's 50 districts.