July 07-12, 2013 at Schweibenalp, Switzerland
GEN-International works trough three broad regional organisations: GEN Oceania and Asia (GENOA), the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA), and GEN-Europe/Africa/Middle East. GEN-International is currently supporting the emergence of GEN-Africa and CASA (El Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Américas) as independent networks in order to make more visible the dynamic and impressive work already being done in Africa and South America.
The first 'by Women for Women' EDE took place at Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage, situated in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. The EDE training for sustainability course was the second such course to be held in South Africa. The course began on the 30th April - two days after its initial starting date due to the challenges of the remoteness of the location and the lack of affordable transportation options - until the 25th May 2013. Lua Bashala-Kekana reports.
At the end of 2011, Africans from many different countries and backgrounds attended The Ecovillage Conference: Empowering Communities for Sustainable Development in Northern Africa.
It was held at SEKEM, a model farm site for sustainable businesses, located near Cairo, Egypt.
The Conference was put together by GEN and sponsored by the German Foreign Ministry.
Korea is known as a highly populated and industrialized country with a strong dependence on economical values. However, increasingly, Koreans are looking for a more sustainable lifestyle. Seonaeville is Korean and means: a village of people who love the good. By Kaitlynn Min
Two young people share their thoughts and experiences on this question: Nébesna Fortin from La Cité Écologique, Canada; and, Kira Taylor-Hoar, USA, who has travelled through different ecovillages in Europe.
How La Cité Ecologique challenges the next generation.
By Nébesna Fortin
20 years after its founding, the ZEGG community in Belzig, Germany, has become a ‘blessing’ for the district, said politician Wolfgang Blasig at the inauguration ceremony for ZEGG´s new, ecological heating system.
The community of 100 people of all age groups has come a long way since establishing themselves in a former East German secret police training camp.
Yarrow is the name of a wild flower found growing in many places and very useful for medicinal healing. Yarrow is also the name of an ecovillage that was created 11 years ago in the USA and has 65 inhabitants. As such, Yarrow belongs to the 5% of ecovillages which survive the first ten years, according to statistics. Michael Hale from Yarrow Ecovillage writes about the art of sustainability.
"Tuwa - The Laughing Fish" is an eco-homestead, living and learning center and green bed and breakfast inn nestled right in the middle of the vast rice fields of a small farming town in the Philippines.
What makes it unique is that it was created by two Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) alumni all in a short span of two years.
Kadri Allikmäe, from the Estonian ecovillage network, shares thoughts after her visits and research of 3 European ecovillage kindergardens, two Estonian kindergardens and one community, as a space for our future children.