An ecovillage is an intentional, traditional or urban community using local participatory processes to integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments
Because each ecovillage is designed by the people who live there, according to their vision, context and interests, what an ecovillage looks like and how it works is always different.
An ecovillage can be urban – new or existing communities or neighbourhoods with a common vision to reinvent life in the city to become more sustainable, collaborative and participatory
There are also traditional ecovillages – existing rural villages and communities that decide they want use particpatory processes to combine life-sustaining traditional wisdom and positive new innovation to become more sustainable
Many ecovillages are intentional – created by people coming together to build new, participatory, collaborative and sustainable communities and local cultures based on a shared purpose or vision
While there is no one way of being an ecovillage, there are three three core practices shared by most
- Using local participatory processes
- Integrating social, cultural, economic and ecological dimensions in a whole systems approach to sustainability
- Actively regenerating natural and social environment
In 1998, the first ecovillages were officially named among the UN Habitat top 100 listing of Best Practices.