TerraVie is a non-profit charitable organization that acquires, preserves and manages land for future generations which 25% is made available for the development of viable communities. TerraVie is a qualified recipient for an ecological gift, certified by the Minister of the Environment.
TerraVie is devoted to scrupulously managing the land at their disposition in conformity with its charter and principles. TerraVie is commited to preserve its objectives, irrespective of the socioeconomic or political context.
This initiative is based on the principle that land is not a commodity, but a fundamental resource to be maintained for the community as a whole.
Although land trusts are established for similar reasons, TerraVie is different in that its purpose also includes the development of viable ecological communities.
It acts as a local sustainable environmentaly conscious stimulator while informing the people about the various aspects of a lifestyle in harmony with natural principles. It emphasizes the development of communities which minimize our exploitation or land speculation.
In Laurentides at Montcalm, TerraVie purchased the September 5th 2006, a 268 acres land with lake (40 acres) and two downstreams rapid.
TerraVie rents part of the land (25%) to two non-profit cooperatives (housing HabitaVie and employment) that manage the activities of the ecovillage. The cooperatives are responsible for the buildings, but cannot own the land or the natural resources. They are obliged to insure the ecological integrity of all activities and construction within their territory. The cooperatives must respect the ecological charter and fundamental principles of TerraVie. This is described on the web site.
The board and members of TerraVie are working towards the creation of a legal structure to facilitate the establishment of community land trusts (CLT) and ecovillages throughout Quebec, and the research studies that stem from this project will be made available to the general public.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 3
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors
Non-working Guests welcome, Work Exchange welcome, Volunteers welcome,