We introduce Karin Eyben , Development Leader of the Garvagh People’s Forest project, a project that emerges with the aim of enhancing Garvagh Forest, Located in Northern Ireland, as a shared space in which relationships, connections and friendships between inhabitants are fostered, and different skills and abilities are developed. ideas that enrich both people, as well as the place and the environment. The project seeks to reconnect the local population with nature and the environment through different activities, exploring the potential of the forest as a place of learning and growth.
Karin Eyben, within this project, tries to promote the participation of the population in decision-making and the use of participatory budgets for the benefit of the community and the forest. She advocates a model of democracy in which the inhabitants of a territory are invited to participate in making decisions about those matters that will happen to them.