HERMOSA Feature-of-the-Week: Stakeholder matchmaking using the module “Identify & Connect”
Ecosystem restoration is a complex, multi-stakeholder process. Not one organisation alone will be successful when tackling the planting of trees, the restoration of watersheds, the protection of mangroves, the establishment of agro-forestry systems, the protection of biodiversity and the revitalization of wetlands to name but a few topics related to ecosystem restoration.
On the one hand experts on the ground are needed who know how to implement such projects while on the other hand they require the support of the local population, local government bodies, international organizations, finance institutions and universities, to also provide some stakeholder examples. The big question many organisations face is how to connect to the relevant stakeholders? To date, usually personal connections and an internet search will be employed but getting to results can be quite time consuming. One important aspect to consider is the spatial context of such a search. Since the activities are planned in distinct locations it really helps to see who else is active in the area. As an example, procuring seedlings from a nursery only makes sense if it is located in relative proximity to where the trees are to be planted.
This is where the module “Identify & Connect” – which is free-of-charge – comes into play. A user registered on https://hermosa.earth and logged in, will show up in the user section of this module and can be found through the search mechanism. The user is now able to create projects by clicking on the ‘Create project’ button, uploading or digitizing the project boundary, entering relevant datainto the fields and providing some pictures to illustrate the activities. As soon as this project is saved it will be displayed with an icon on the map and can be found using the same search functionality previously described for users.
The matchmaking between stakeholders now becomes very easy. You can either use the search provided to look for the right keywords with a set of results to choose from or you can navigate on the map to identify relevant projects in your preferred location. With a click of a button you can send an email to the project owner and suggest a collaboration. Since users are asked to specify a role (e. g. planting organisation, logistics company, local government, university, finance institution etc.) and projects are tagged according to their topic (e. g. agro-forestry, biodiversity, wetland etc.) the filter will help to quickly localize interesting projects and stakeholders. Once the stakeholders have identified each other and connected the consortium building process takes place outside of this module through normal communication channels like email, phone, chat, personal meetings etc.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org today to get started!