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GEN's Ecovillage Development Programme
The Ecovillage Development Programme (EDP) helps:
  •      Catalyze Community-led Change
  •      Eradicate Poverty
  •      Restore Natural Environments
  •      Achieve Climate Resilience
  •      Implement the SDGs

The EDP catalyses the power of community for the national implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreements.

A step-by-step explainer video of GEN's Ecovillage Development Programme
For the past 20 years the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and its regional affiliate, GEN Africa, have been developing a transformative model for regeneration. GEN uses an integrated, community-led approach to transition communities to resilience and restore their environments.

The Ecovillage Development Programme is designed to radically reform current development practices, putting communities, sustainability, and wealth creation at the heart of the development process. Recent studies show that financial support for community-led development is more efficient than conventional, top-down interventions. The full and inclusive participation of communities on the ground in the conception and implementation of activities, together with the sharing and transferring of expertise and grounded experience is fundamental to GEN’s work.

Communities who want to regenerate their natural environments, preserve cultural heritage, increase social resilience and improve livelihoods become powerful agents of change. The Ecovillage Development Programme brings together local, community owned development, with transformative, region or nation wide change.
 

The Ecovillage Development Programme is adapted to local contexts, but will typically involve:

Step 1: Inviting and Participating

Step 2: Planning and Integrating   

Step 3. Training and Implementing

Step 4. Evaluating and Celebrating 

Step 5. Refining and Scaling 

To learn more about the EDP, click on the link below. 

Write to us at welcome@ecovillage.org to start the conversation or find out how you can get involved with the Ecovillage Development Programme. 

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