For years there has been the practice of “twinning” within GEN, where ecovillages, eco-projects, and ecovillage networks form special friendships and support each other, evolving into mutually beneficial relationships. We now have wonderful examples of twinning relationships in GEN and are excited to streamline the twinning so more projects are able to find and support each other.
The 2020 Twinning Projects represent each region and plan to work in all areas of regeneration. In no particular order, they are:
Peace Valley Bush Retreat (Australia) and Korogonas Ark (Greece) are working together on “Peace Ark.” The goal is to extend the field of work in bringing inner/outer peace and regeneration.
La Aldea (Colombia) and Aduna’m Espace Culturel et Agricole (Senegal) are working together on “Four Winds Spiral.” The goal is to support design techniques and small-scale building projects – clay oven, poultry farming plot, seedbed, & chicken tractor.
La Bolina (Spain) and Ecovillage Centre Des Hommes (Togo) are working together on “New Story.” The goal is to improve local quality of life, increase awareness, knowledge & skills, and educate communities to increase self-sufficiency.
Obrobibini Peace Complex (Ghana) and Instituto Biorregional do Cerrado (Brazil) are working together on “Water is Life.” The goal is to implement two sustainable rainwater harvesting, storage, and filtration systems using natural building materials.
Govardhan Ecovillage (India) and Kibbutz Gezer (Israel) are working together on “Engaged community, water, and financial sustainability.” The goal is to engage both communities in economic issues and water resources.
Jacutinga do Caparaó (Brazil) and Catfarm (France) are working together on “Green Rivers Water Plant.” The goal is to build a water management plan that can be adapted to the different realities of both projects, based on the study of”water planting” technologies.
Nuestra Finca Sagrada (Nicaragua) and Familia Feliz (Spain) are working together on “Terra Preta.” The goal is to create a new composting toilet solution, enhancing soil health, and adding resilience to the yields of fruit orchards.
Ecovila nômade (Brazil) and La Rosina (Spain) are working together on “João de Barro Twins, Co-bioconstruindo.” The goal is to improve infrastructure of buildings in the eco learning centres using natural, ecological and low cost construction methods.
Badilisha (Kenya) and Kalamos and Kastos (Greece) are working together on “Training for trainers in ecosystem protection and permaculture.” The goal is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills in community forest conservation and management and growing food forests.
While this round of twinning has now closed (July 2020), we hope to continue the project in the future.