Listed below are the latest funded projects that the Global Ecovillage Network has engaged with. Funding is often the crucial enabling factor in the Network’s ability to carry out projects that further its aims.
Our partners and funding sources are distributed across a wide range of countries and legal entities. The Global Ecovillage Network engages with funding sources and partners through its different local, national, regional and international legal entities to achieve the aims of the network as a whole.
Using the innovative ILUD methodology www.seedingschools.org and EDEs the project works through schools as entry points to sustainable community development. Community-led resilience plans for 4 schools will be created and implemented. Children, teachers and local communities of Kapete School, Chongwi, Katuba School, Kapuri Mposhi, Nabukuyu School, Monze and Ashley Jewel School, Chilanga will engage with and benefit from the project. The project is scaling up from a Scottish Government funded … Read more
Youth SIRCle, or Youth Social Innovation for Resilient Communities,is an EU-funded training and capacity building project for young social entrepreneurs in Scotland, Cameroon, Denmark and Ghana. It is a project largely run by young people for young people. Together we increase our skills in green social innovation and entrepreneurship, finding creative ways to follow our passion, make a living and care for our communities and planet at the same time. Our curriculum is based on work done in a … Read more
Also known as Bridgedale360, ySI4R was a 2 year EU funded programme with the aim of inspiring youth toward sustainable living and active citizenship - it was completed Jan 2017 and is awaiting the final report/verdict from the EU. GEN International was a one of 7 partner projects. The final outcome of the project has been the www.Bridgedale360.org online toolbox. Bridgedale360 is built upon the Gaia Education sustainability mandala with the 4 dimensions growing out into 16 modules, each … Read more
Thoughts and Words by: Ciska van Stuijvenberg, Pascal Gelling, Stalla Mavr, and Fanni Sall In the middle of October on a forested mountainside in Euskal Herria, in the Spanish state, a group of young people met. They came together in the ecovillage Lakabe to follow a training to become Youth Leaders for EU funded Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges. This training was part of the Yes to Sustainability project, which is an international programme that aims to share knowledge amongst and bring together … Read more
The Social Innovation for Resilient Communities (SIRCle) project uses adult education to address one of the most pressing needs of our time - how to marry our love for the planet with our capacity to make a living. An Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership, it involved a diversity of social enterprises, NGOs, cooperatives and academic institutions from Austria (Plenum/Pioneers of Change), Belgium (AEIDL and Still Consulting), Romania (Asociatia Romania in Transizie), Scotland (GEN and the … Read more
SCIPP is a 2 year EU Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership between several GEN networks. The aim of the project was to develop and scale up an Ecovillage Incubator made up of a workshops, a written guide, mentoring and an online platform with resources,nks, examples and tools for both projects and trainers engaged with supporting communities to grow . Thus, CLIPS was born - the Community Learning Incubator Programme for Sustainability. Read more about CLIPS, browse resources and engage in the … Read more
IT Solutions to Climate Change is a project aimed at providing tools, information, and inspiration to empower people to adopt more sustainable living solutions. Project objectives include building a brand new website for www.ecovillage.org, featuring a page about ecovillage responses to climate change, connecting to the largest intentional community database on the planet, and constructing communications tools to serve the network and to inform the public. … Read more
Supported by the German Foreign Ministry, the GEN Africa Conference took place during the first week of December 2016 at the Ghana Permaculture Institute. Representatives and delegates from more than 20 countries gathered to share experiences, present their projects and work on the development of the Pan-African Ecovillage Development Programme, promoting initiatives aimed at reducing poverty, restoring the environment, achieving resilience in response to the climate change challenges, and … Read more
In the north of the West Bank, a small traditional village named Farkha is set to become the first ecovillage in Palestine. With support of the German Foreign Ministry, in May 2016 GEN offered the second part of an Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course for around 30 participants, aimed at further inspiring and supporting this village towards being fully self-sustainable, focusing its efforts increasingly on organic farming, renewable energy, composting, and welcoming further trainings for … Read more
Thanks to support from the German Foreign Ministry, GEN in partnership with Better World Cameroon successfully ran a 25 days Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) for 25 youths and stakeholders in Cameroon and abroad. This Training had the following outputs: Climate related issues to the 54 villages of Bafut and support for them in the creation of a community resilience plan towards its 2020 vision to transition into an Ecovillages. 25 young people built new skills in social entrepreneurship … Read more
In November 2016, German Foreign Ministry funding enabled 16 GEN delegates to attend the UNFCCC COP22 event in Marrakech. Attended by world leaders and thousands of changemakers working on climate and environmental issues, COP22 was the perfect convergence by which gain exposure for GEN’s programmes. At the forefront of our delegation was the launch of our Pan-African Ecovillage Development Programme (PAEDP) which is putting communities at the centre of the development processes across the … Read more
Cool Villages Cool Lives supports work in GENs target areas of Ecovillage Development/ Transition, Consultancy, and the research of 100 showcase ecovillages around the world. Beneficiaries are GEN members and trainers, researchers and the general public. Outputs are: An ecovillage impact assessment tool tested on 30 ecovillages, related to the SDGs and indexes like Carbon Footprint, Gross National Happiness, and Happy Planet The identification of 100 showcase ecovillages around the … Read more
This November the UN Climate Summit (COP23) will be held in Bonn, Germany, where the imperative will be how to massively scale-up and effectively implement the Paris Climate Agreement. The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) strongly believes that sustainable communities are already making significant contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. … Read more