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Global Ecovillage Network

Global Ecovillage Network

Connecting communities for a better world

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide.

People and communities meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.

Gaia Education

Gaia Education

On the cutting edge of sustainability education

Gaia Education offers state-of-the-art study guides, training manuals, books, webinars, presentations and a quarterly newsletter to facilitate the delivery of on-line and on-site transformational learning opportunities for community development.

Since 2006, Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of more than 190 programmes in 34 countries over 6 continents, reaching thousands of people. Its programmes have been offered in settings ranging from tribal women and traditional communities to children and youth, ecovillages, urban slums, universities and resilience training centers.

Youth and skill Development

Youth and skill Development

Women, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, War affected communities, Internally Displaced children rural families and the Youth in Southern Sudan face enormous challenges related to occupation, conflict, deep rural poverty, food insecurity and lack of extracurricular activities. The need to maintain traditional agricultural practices grows as the consequences of Occupation and conflict threaten farming livelihoods. As the just ended 22 year civil war deny Southern Sudanese the right to access agricultural areas and trade restrictions limit the achievements of the agriculture sector.

Solution Library

Solution Library

Traditional and Innovatives Solutions for Sustainable living

The Solution Library first came to life as part of the “Ecovillage Strategies for Community Mobilization“ project lead by GEN Europe with generous funding by the Anne Lindh Foundation. The project is run in partnership with Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural heritage, CULTNAT, Egypt; Association Rikab for Development Sustainability and Communication, Morocco; African Youth Initiative on Climate Change, Algeria; Peace Research Village Middle East, Palestine; and Guneşköy Çevre Kultur ve Işletme Kooperatifi, Turkey.

Rainbow Homestead Sustainability Co

Rainbow Homestead Sustainability Co

Rainbow Homestead Sustainability Commons

The Rainbow Homestead & Sustainability Commons is a living and learning centre registered as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to environmental sustainability, cooperation, local economic development, and "small is beautiful" principles.

Mission:To be a positive response to the destruction which the planet and its population are suffering due to unsustainable agriculture, industry, consumerism, and non-renewable energy lifestyles.

EDE

EDE

Ecovillage Design Education

The Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course is a programme of GEN  partner, Gaia Education.  This curriculum was developed over a number of years by a group of Ecovillage educators from around the world calling themselves GEESE (Global Ecovillage Educators for Sustainable Earth). Launched in Findhorn in 2005, the Ecovillage Design Curriculum is an official contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development - UNDESD 2005-2014.

GROW BIOINTENSIVE CENTRE KENYA

GROW BIOINTENSIVE CENTRE KENYA

The GROW BIOINTENSIVE AGRICULTURE CENTER OF KENYA (G-BIACK) is registered community based organization whose primary purpose is to train and promote GROW BIO INTENSIVE Agriculture (GBIA) as well as other community development options and initiatives among the small scale farm holders in rural areas of Central, Eastern, and Nairobi Provinces of Kenya. G-BIACK was initiated in 2008 to respond to the ever increasing poverty levels and food shortages that are facing our people especially in the rural areas.

Guede Chantier

Guede Chantier

Guédé Chantier is a thriving eco-commune with approximately 7,000 inhabits and is located on the banks of the Doué River in the Senegal River valley.

Empower capacities of Pygmees and s

Empower capacities of Pygmees and s

Empower capacities of Pygmees and street children Communauties in DRC

Pygmees are the powerest communauties in DRC and in central africa with only 2% of access to education, no acces to land. The human rights are not recognised.
RDC have more than 34000 Street children after wars and crises during which DRC more than 5 000 000 of personns died and more than 1 300 000 villages was destroyed.Street children don't have access to education and they are living in severe discrimination and hard conditions, wth out protection.

2nd ecovillage Kinshasa workshop

2nd ecovillage Kinshasa workshop

2nd Intensive ecovillage Kinshasa workshop in eco village strategies for sustainability and adaptation to climate

The second intensive workshop on eco villages strategies in Kinshasa took place from 4 to 16 May 2015 at the Carter Center, the Center and IBI CEPROSEM village. 29 participants from Kinshasa, IBI village and the Développement.ont Faculty Institute benefited from this training.

Ndanifor Permaculture Eco Village

Ndanifor Permaculture Eco Village

Reconnecting Youth & Women to their Community Values

Ndanifor Permaculture Eco Village (NPE)

VISION: Restoration of the broken communities of Cameroon and the Central African region using African Permaculture that creates a new sense of purpose for unemployed youth.

MISSION: Deliver Eco Village Education for Sustainability Design Courses using Global Eco Village Network strategy and GAIA Education to form a corps of Trainers of Trainers for the African Eco Village Movement.

Ndem

Ndem

Ndem is a community in the inner country of the ‘Bassin Arachidier’ of Senegal, the Peanut Growing basin of the Sahel region http://www.ndem.info/ . The area suffered rapid desertification and soil loss due to the climatic changes combined with the extensive monoculture of peanut that was once introduced by the French for export to its other territories. The rapid exodus reached its peak with the drought conditions in the 1980s that hit most of West Africa.

Benin Ecotourism Concern (ECO-BENIN

Benin Ecotourism Concern (ECO-BENIN

Benin Ecotourism Concern (ECO-BENIN)

Eco-Benin is a Beninese NGO promoting community-based ecotourism in Benin since 10 years. As a member of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Eco-Benin is working to ensure better living conditions for communities at local and national level through the promotion and the development of ecotourism and eco-development initiatives as a sustainable way of managing natural resources in Benin.

Gaia University

Gaia University

Project-based, transformative action learning for Earth Regeneration

Gaia University is a global learning un/institution supporting transformative action learning through the use of online learning modules as well as self-designed and directed local projects. Student associates document their work in online ePortfolios which serve as life-long learning records of their achievements. Bachelors and Masters degrees and Diplomas in Permaculture Design, Transition Leadership and Action for Resilience. www.gaiauniversity.org or [email protected].

GEN Africa

GEN Africa

African ecovillage association, promoting social resilience, environmental pro­tection and restoration of nature
Established

GEN-Africa is the African ecovillage association, promoting social resilience, environmental pro­tection and restoration of nature through the concept of ecovillages as models for sustainable human settlements. We actively support the de­vel­opment of ecovillages and networks in all parts of Africa.

GEN-Africa is a membership organisation that emerged with the support of GEN - Europe foun­ded in 1996, and open to a wide range of projects regardless of their political, religious or cultural backgrounds.

Eco- peace project

Eco- peace project

The Eco peace programme aims at promoting eco peace (pro active) culture and advocate for environmental rights to have access to land and to attain rational use of natural resources and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Eco peace advocates to achieving the MDGs targeting poverty eradication and ensuring environmental sustainable development.
Specific Objectives
? To advocate at the state and national levels among stakeholders for equitable sharing of the resources with emphasis on land rights.

SEKEM

SEKEM

When Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish returned to Egypt in 1977 to start the SEKEM initiative he had a strong vision deep in his heart: In the midst of sand and desert I see myself standing as a well drawing water. Carefully I plant trees, herbs and flowers and wet their roots with the precious drops. The cool well water attracts human beings and animals to refresh and quicken themselves. Trees give shade, the land turns green, fragrant flowers bloom, insects, birds and butterflies show their devotion to God, the creator, as if they were citing the first Sura of the Qu’ran.

Trees for Life Program

Trees for Life Program

The TREES FOR LIFE PROGRAM is an initiative of Community Without Borders Association (COWIBORA) working in collaboration with key environment stakeholders. The Trees for Life Program is targeting to produce 50,000 tree seedlings per public school for planting in state and local authority forest reserves and water catchments towers. The aim is to restore forest cover in Kenya from the current 1.7% to the recommended 10% cover.

General Memetics

General Memetics

sustainable culture thoughtware for ecovillage projects

General Memetics is a small (~10 persons) project-oriented team of mutually-committed Possibility Managers. Together we develop, document, and deliver powerful tools and processes for facilitating personal, organizational, and global shift to next culture... all open-code, and all copyleft. We also train others how to train others to do this to so as to increase the number and effectiveness of authentic shift agents on Earth.

Midrand EcoCity

Midrand EcoCity

The EcoCity Trust is an initiative of the City of Johannesburg. It was established in 1999 by the Midrand Town Council and is now 'owned' by the Johannesburg council and driven by the EcoCity Trust.

This project marks the collaboration of a large team of people - the community, the council and a small trust - working together to achieve a better, greener, life for all.
Vision

CULTNAT

CULTNAT

The Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, CULTNAT, is affiliated with Bibliotheca Alexandrina and supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The Center's mandate is to document the various aspects of Egypt's tangible and intangible cultural heritage as well as its natural heritage. This involves the implementation of the national plan of action towards the documentation program, making use of the most up-to-date information technology in collaboration with the national and international specialized organizations.

ECOLISE

ECOLISE

ECOLISE is the European coalition of organisations supporting local community initiatives, including GEN. The members of ECOLISE include international, national and sometimes regional networks of community-based initiatives, as well as other bodies engaged in European-level research, training, communications or other activities to support community-based action on climate change and sustainability.

Kingstone Youth Association for Dev

Kingstone Youth Association for Dev

Kingstone Youth Association for Development
Mama Na Bana

Mama Na Bana

Ecovillage & Permaculture Center

A passionate initiative to support deprived people in congo and create sustainable communities in Congo and south Africa, Bitshulualua Kekana initiated a ecovillage project in Congo to improve the well being of her people. Located in the heart of Congo, Mama Na Bana Ecovillage is promoting sustainable livestyles in Congo and South Africa.

Gaia Trust

Gaia Trust

Gaia Trust, Denmark is a charitable entity supporting sustainabilty projects around the world. It was founded in 1987 on the initiative of Ross and Hildur Jackson, with the intention of supporting the transition to a sustainable and more spiritual future society through grants and proactive initiatives.

Two NGOs especially have been supported for many years and continue to be supported, namely the Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education. Many other smaller projects in the areas of local sustainability initiatives, permaculture, etc. occasionally receive supporting grants.

Rainbow Sustainability Commons

Rainbow Sustainability Commons

The Commons is a living and learning centre for sustainability, permaculture, and environmental education. We are a registered non-profit called Sihlangene Kokwethu--with a mission to promote self-sufficiency, sustainability and environmental stewardship through education and projects here at the Commons and in Impendle.

SFEL (Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge)

SFEL (Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge)

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge (SFEL) delivers an eco-tourism service, embedded in the local cultural landscape and tailored for the environmentally aware visitor to Ethiopia. SFEL offers cultural hospitality and fresh organic food to national and international guests. It also forms the epicentre of a series of ethically-minded, community-based, education and adventure-tourism activities.

SIRCle Project

SIRCle Project

The Sustainable Innovation for Resilient Communities (SIRCle) project uses adult education to address one of the most pressing needs of our time, namely how to marry effective grassroots responses to climate and social change with the capacity to make a sustainable living in a challenging economic climate.

STUDENTS FOR GLOBAL DEMOCRACY UGAND

STUDENTS FOR GLOBAL DEMOCRACY UGAND

STUDENTS FOR GLOBAL DEMOCRACY UGANDA
Established

Students for Global Democracy -Uganda is a registered organization, with registration No. 120563 under the Company Act of the Republic of Uganda under. It is a non profit-making, non political and non discriminating organization that recognizes the value of making friends, building partnerships and networks, and respect for human diversity in opinions to promote human dignity.

The Youth Support for Development O

The Youth Support for Development O

The Youth Support for Development Organisation

The project is about Empowerment of Youth through productive and development of Vacation courses/skills.

Mbame

Mbame

The project started when they were looking around and discovered that the mangrove were disappearing so they went to the elders to ask what caused that, and if was a natural or human cause. The answer they got was that it was mainly a human impact. The people were cutting the mangrove for fuel and building which also read the high salination of their land.

Nawaya

Nawaya

Nawaya is an Egyptian initiative created to provide extension and advisory services to small-scale, rural communities. Nawaya is deeply concerned for the future of these communities, particularly with regard to food sovereignty and environmental health. Nawaya’s working approach is dictated by its challenge: without the opportunity for rural communities to experience working solutions for sustainable living practices, it is highly unlikely they will adopt them.

ISEES Living and Learning Center

ISEES Living and Learning Center

ISEES Ecovillage

ISEES Ghana is a living and learning center that provides innovative energy and environmental solutions and technologies for ecovillages, traditional and transitional communities to transform into sustainable communities.

We train sustainable leaders in sustainable energy solutions such as biogas, clean cookstoves, solar PV for lighting, heating, water pumping for irrigation and community water supply systems, waste water harvesting and purification systems among others

Misriyati

Misriyati

Misriyati was inspired by the growing intolerance among the different components of the Egyptian society: religions, social classes and cultural groups. These symptoms revealed the need to work on gaining a new awareness of our reality with its structures and relationships, of improving our competences and skills in dealing with diversity or in meeting conflict, and our re-adoption of values that can enhance peaceful living.

Ngaparou

Ngaparou

Sos environment is a lab within Ngaparou ecovillages which incubates many projects, so the targets are permaculture, research on human and animal food and renewable energy.
In Ngaparou we are trying to bring to the population through the results of work done in SOS lab all what they need to make the transition from the stage they are to an ecovillage.
We have defined 3 steps in the transition from traditional design to ecovillage design. These steps bring competition spirit in the minds. The highest is the 3rd step wherease all communities want to be on the highest step.

SAFECO

SAFECO

SAFECO is an organization of women and women-led NGOs in association to encourage and support one another with a development agenda that prioritizes human rights for all members of Congolese society, as well as rights for communities and rights for nature.

Together we take a holistic approach to development in our nationwide action plan that includes:

Advocacy for Peace first and foremost, for the Rights of women, the disabled, indigenous peoples, communities, and nature.

Clean water and sanitation systems

Health Clinics

Research Working Group GEN-INT

Research Working Group GEN-INT

Are you an academic searching for an ecovillage as a case study for your survey? Are you a student intending to write an academic paper on an ecovillage? Are you a journalist interested in reporting on an ecovillage? Or are you an ecovillage community or member receiving requests from students or researchers asking to study your ecovillage?
ONE LOAF Ecovillage

ONE LOAF Ecovillage

Established

Located in the village of Kobina Ansa, the Sankofa Eco-Arts Village strives to promote intercultural understanding and promote sustainable development in the region through various ongoing initiatives. Our ecologically sustainable campus hosts interdisciplinary study abroad and service programs. Our mud-brick solar powered campus and Locavore Canteen are also available to drop in visitors. There are a broad range of workshops and services available to visitors.

The Sustainability Insitute

The Sustainability Insitute

The Sustainability Institute is an international living and learning centre located outside the South African university town of Stellenbosch. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Cape's towering mountains and rooted in an agricultural community needing to break free from its' racial past, the Sustainability Institute provides a space for people to explore an approach to creating a more equitable society that lives in a way that sustains rather than destroys the eco-system within which all society is embedded.

GEN Ghana

GEN Ghana

Ghana Ecovillage Network
Established

Efforts to create sustainable human settlements and ecovillages have been recognized by the government of Ghana. Initiated by a dynamic group of sustainability leaders, Ghana Ecovillage network was formed in 2012 and Incorporated in January 14th 2013 and given the permit to commence operations on 22nd January 2013.

NextGEN

NextGEN

The youth movement of Gen
Under construction

NextGEN is the young peoples program of GEN (Global Ecovillage Network). GEN actively invites the voices of youth and young adults into the ecovillage movement to support the emergence of the new thinking currently within the younger generation.

GEN connects young adults to a host of inspiring organisations that support youth and young adults to take action.

Oude Molen Ecovillage

Oude Molen Ecovillage

The Oude Molen Eco Village was initially conceptualised as a micro enterprise village by a social entrepreneur & established by a group of tenants in 1997 and grew within the 1st two years to 70 tenants.
The property consists of a previously abandoned and vandalised psychiatric hospital with the Provincial Government as the lead custodian. The project has evolved with a variety of committees achieving many developmental milestones, having overcome many internal and external challenges and obstacles over the years.

Accès à l’eau pour un développ

Accès à l’eau pour un développ

Accès à l’eau pour un développement agricole durable

Le projet vise à permettre à la communauté rurale du village d’Oulad Ali de bénéficier d’un accès régulier et peu coûteux à la ressource en eau pour l’usage agricole, permettant de favoriser son développement socio-économique.

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Type Evolution Region Posted Last updated
GEN Senegal Ecovillage Senegal 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Tammr Henna Ecovillage Egypt 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
wireless ghana Ecovillage Ghana 25.08.2011 3 years 2 months ago
Algerian Association for Youth and Ecovillage Algeria 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Felix & Partner S.a.r.l.u Ecovillage Togo 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Noorspoort Guest Farm Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
OUR LIFE YOUTH FOUNDATION Ecovillage Nigeria 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
King Kauluma Museum & Eco Village p Ecovillage Namibia 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
The Khutso Foundation Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 3 years 2 months ago
Association pour la Recherche et la Ecovillage Cameroon 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ecovillage Ghana 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Eco Yoff Community program Ecovillage Senegal 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Good-View Farm Ecovillage Zimbabwe 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
World Hope Foundation Ecovillage Nigeria 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
EM Cameroon Ecovillage Cameroon 25.08.2011 3 years 2 months ago
Lakeside Baptist Church Development Ecovillage Kenya 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
service for peace Ecovillage Ghana 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
TERRE DES JEUNES TOGO Ecovillage Togo 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
oneVillage Foundation-Kenya Ecovillage Kenya 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Africa Inroads Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Fairview Wine & Cheese estate Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Students for Global Democracy Ugand Ecovillage Uganda 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
CRESP Ecovillage Senegal 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Permacore (Permaculture Foundation Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
GLOBAL AFRICULTURE AND BANTOO VILLA Ecovillage Gabon 25.08.2011 3 years 2 months ago
Celestial Foundation Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
HB Volunteer Uganda Ecovillage Uganda 25.08.2011 3 years 2 months ago
Sustainable Development Resource Ce Ecovillage Uganda 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Tlholego Ecovillage Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Afristar Foundation Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
City Pulse - Solar Energy Solutions Ecovillage Egypt 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
De Villiers Sheard CC Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 3 years 2 months ago
TerraPi Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge Ecovillage Ethiopia 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Kuthumba Ecovillage Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
The United Youth League(Gh) Ecovillage Ghana 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Shaster Foundation Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Ekukhanyeni Relief Project Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
association tafaoul pour l'environn Ecovillage Morocco 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Social Development Resource Centre Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Cameroon Vision Trust Ecovillage Cameroon 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
ndeukou youth union for change and Ecovillage Senegal 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
KUMASI INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICU Ecovillage Ghana 25.08.2011 4 years 5 months ago
Leaders of the Planet Ecovillage South Africa 25.08.2011 3 years 2 months ago