GEN work

About GEN’s work

To provide information, tools, examples and representation to the expanding networks of those dedicated to developing and demonstrating sustainability principles and practices in their lifestyles and communities around the world. To coordinate the activities of a number of regional ecovillage networks around the world. To serve as an incubator and platform for international projects and initiatives those accelerate the shift to sustainable lifestyles and more resilient society.

Ecovillage Transition Strategies

Building on 20 successful years of global networking, sustainable development, and education, GEN is ready to scale up its partnerships with governments, NGOs, and donors to implement policies and solutions at local, regional, and international levels.  In addition to five-year goals and targets, GEN is implementing an ecovillage transitions strategy using the following Adaptive Governance Cycle.


Part of GEN's work is to create Educational opportunities within and about Ecovillages. GEN does this through several modalities, which it is continuing to develop. GEN partners with Gaia Education to promote its educational work in the world.

In collaboration with Gaia Education, GEN has set an impressive Target Goal for 2020 to educate at least 10.000 persons annually in its GEN Global Education Program (4-week Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) courses, 5-day Ecovillage Incubator courses, 2-day GEN-Introduction courses, 5-day GEN Green Solutions and 5-day Social Solutions courses around the world.

UN Advocacy

Since 2000 GEN has had consultative status at the UN-Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) commission, and is represented at regular briefing sessions at UN Headquarters. GEN is also a partner of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR.

The Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC means GEN has a special competence in, and is concerned specifically with some of the fields of activity covered by ECOSOC. This status gives GEN the chance to join in the work of various committees relevant to its concerns to promote sustainable communities and practices worldwide.


  • Sustainable Community Incubator Partnership Programme meeting in Park Istra, Slovenia.

    19 representatives from nine European National Ecovillage Networks met in Park Istra in Slovenia, from January 18 to 22, to continue their work on the two-year Erasmus+ funded project “Sustainable...

  • Dear friends of ecovillages, dear ambassadors, members, allies throughout the world,

    Two major crises of our time - climate change and the refugee crisis – are intertwining to reach historical dimensions. People the world over - and all beings of nature – are existentially...

  • Nothing prepares you for Moria

    RefuGEN is a GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) initiative bringing a minimum of 5 volunteers at any time from end of December to end of June to Lesvos. ...

  • Support what is close to your heart: GEN Small Projects Campaign

    You can be part of making sustainable dreams come alive in 2016! All around the world there are communities and people doing amazing work to take care of  people and the planet. There are...

  • Resilient communities as a seed of hope and abundance for Africa

    Representatives from the GEN Africa Council, Advisory Board and from the national networks from different countries came together in Sekem, Egypt, from the 15th...

  • The Best Way to Sequester Carbon and Reverse Global Warming

    Many ecovillage communities have been experimenting with different means of carbon farming and have gone well beyond carbon neutral to become net negative carbon communities. These villages...

  • "These are our friends that are being existentially threatened."

    A delegation of more than 15 members and leaders of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) participated in the COP21 Climate Summit Conference in Paris in December....