An ecovillage is a human-scale settlement consciously designed through participatory processes to create regenerative communities and lifestyles. Ecovillages work with the four dimensions of sustainability: social, economic, ecological and cultural.
GEN Europe consists of a constantly expanding network of intentional communities, ecovillages and national ecovillage networks. We support the creation and development of new and existing ecovillages through training, education, networking and advocacy.
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.