Step 1: Engage the Community | Create a mini forest

The first three steps for creating a mini-forest are part of a chapter entitled: Dream and Watch. The project starts with a request. Engage the community, experts suggest.


The mini-forest begins in a person’s imagination and dream. Typically, for this to materialize and be successful, it must be shared and complemented. What are the long term goals? Where will it be planted? Who to involve?

The community involvement present in the Miyawaki method is not only fundamental, but differentiating when compared to other forms of reforestation. The project’s resilience is proportional to the network of people and partner entities involved, creating a greater sense of collective belonging and, therefore, greater success. It shares ideas, looks for potential partnerships, creates community, asserts and rewards the role of each element.


  1. Write the idea, make a drawing and share it with people who are close to you. Identifies at least one more motivated person to co-lead the project;
  2. Look for entities or collectives of people around you for potential partnerships that add value, such as resources, knowledge or communication. You can use thesnowball technique”;
  3. Creates an objective proposal, with a summary description, timetable and budget to be presented and approved by the higher body (School Board or City Council) and the community;
  4. Ensures the existence of frequent meetings that are moments of discussion, integration of ideas and involvement of important people throughout the next tasks.


  • Idea with purpose;
  • Interested people;
  • Creative proposal.

Attention! This task is one of the most important – the more energy put into it, the greater the success of the mini-forest! Allows the emergence of limitless creative processes at this stage!

This guide was promoted by the ONGD VIDA, within the scope of the project “1Planet4All – Empowering youth, living EU values, tackling climate change” with funding from the European Union (DEAR Programme) and Camões, IP Facilitated by 2adapt, in collaboration with Laboratório Vivo to the Sustainability (FCUL), HortaFCUL, Alfredo dos Reis Silveira Secondary School, Army Pupils Institute, URBEM, TOMA

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