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About GEN

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), set up in 1995, is an umbrella organisation working to support the experimental creation and preservation of low impact lifestyles across the globe. GEN consists of a growing network of sustainable communities and ecovillages that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. Individual supportive members work in multiple sectors, from businesses and NGOs to educational institutions and government. Through valuing and developing localised knowledge and skills, while freely sharing best practices throughout its networks, GEN envisions the emergence of a diverse yet shared global pool of wisdom for sustainable living. GEN works through promoting dialogue and exchange, building solidarity and partnerships across all borders. The philosophy behind GEN is that ‘community’ lies at the heart of all models for sustainability, hence the term ‘ecovillage’.

GEN international has consultative status at the UN-Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) commission, and is a partner of United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR.GEN works within the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014.

GEN-International works through three broad regional organisations: the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA), GEN Oceania and Asia (GENOA), and GEN-Europe/ Africa/Middle East

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News

22.07.2014 After the 19th Conference of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN Europe): 415 Participants from 37 Countries Gave New Impulses to the Ecovillage Movement.

The 19th conference of GEN Europe from June 9-14 in ZEGG, Bad Belzig (near Berlin), showed a record and a milestone: Never before have so many people...

26.06.2014 Results of the Survey - on Ecovillages and Food Sovereignty

17 projects took the time to answer the questions on food sovereignty. The answers came from the USA, from Africa, from Asia and Europe. Thank you ...

26.06.2014 Food Sovereignty in Germany: Ecological Gardening in ZEGG

The German community ZEGG wants to establish a circular economy, which they consider to be a sustainable model for the future. In this regard, they...