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Visioning is a process whereby a community envisions the future it wants and plans how to achieve it. Through public involvement, communities identify their purpose, core values and vision of the future. Their vision encompasses the changes they want to see within their communities over a selected time frame, usually a minimum of 10 years. The vision is then transformed into a manageable and feasible plan that the community implements.

Community visioning has its roots in the 1980s in the USA, and many individual states have developed their own models for community visioning. Also introduced as a programme of the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Office of Community Development, community visioning has worked successfully in several rural areas in the USA, and in the island state of Hawai'i.

Now islands around the world are beginning to adapt community visioning to their own situations and needs. Read more about:


To get involved, contact :


Coastal Regions and Small Islands Platform
UNESCO, Paris, France
fax: +33 1 45 68 58 08

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