Global Ecovillage Network

GEN Europe is the European 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 Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

We are the European regional organisation of the Global Ecovillage Network, an umbrella organisation working to support the experimental creation and preservation of low impact lifestyles across the globe through its five broad regional organisations: GEN North America (GENNA), GEN Oceania and Asia (GENOA), GEN Africa, Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Americas (CASA Latina) and GEN-Europe.

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 and 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.

Our Vision

GEN consists of a constantly expanding network of intentional com­munities, ecovillages and national ecovillage networks, bridging all cultures and continents.

  • GEN envisions the emergence of a diverse yet shared global pool of wisdom for sustainable living. 
  • GEN believes that the most underutilised resource we have is the good intentions and creativity of citizens and our willingness to make a difference.
  • GEN promotes the building of community and solidarity as core to transition to resilience.
  • GEN-Europe promotes the development of sustainable settle­ments in Europe and the Middle East.

Our History

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) was set up in 1995 to support the experimental creation and preservation of human settlements that not only sustain, but regenerate their social and natural environments. Ecovillages are communities with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in common ecological, economic, social and cultural values and goals. They spring from the good intentions and creativity of citizens, and their willingness to make a difference.

 Today GEN contains an innovative alliance between intentional communities (with some of the lowest per capita carbon footprints in the industrialized world) and networks of traditional villages.