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Last updated: 01-12-2016 - Promote the concept of eco-village in Africa - Ecovillage Movement in Africa
Eco-Villages for Africa
Resources and Best Practices for the emergence of ecovillages in Africa
How to develop the movement, how to start an ecovillage,
how to manage it, where to find financing
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2016-11 Conference Ghana: GEN Africa in partnership with GEN
international will hold the upcoming Conference at Ghana Permaculture Institute
(GPI) in Techiman from December 1 - 6, 2016. - 35 active leaders and
advisors of the network will meet in order to consolidate the work we have done
so far and plan the way forward. The conference will include the General
Assembly. - The conference aims at achieving the following objectives:
Global Ecovillage Summit Dec. 2014 - Dakar Senegal
Connecting Communities for a Sustainable World
Global Ecovillage Network (GEN-Africa)
The African Ecovillage Network assists educates and supports villages and communties towards self sufficiency, through social entrepreneurship and development of grassroots projects, while building solidarity and cooperation between people.
We encourage, advise and teach communties to use clean energy, water purification and desalination processes, and actively encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Regarding the land and food we promote organic farming and permaculture. For example growing local medicinal plants, planting trees as windbreaks, saving endangered species of plants and crops, growing fruit trees, composting with zero waste, use of bio-digesters. Hand in hand with this we share the importance of the conservation of ecosystems.
Regarding building and construction we promote
building with natural local materials, using both tried and tested traditional methods and crafts, combined with modern design and building techniques.
For the people we offer new paradigms in schooling, medicine, ecotourism, eco-farm retreats, and much more.
Author: John Raimondohttp://www.enviropaedia.com/topic/default.php?topic_id=288
Eco-covillages are urban or rural communities of people who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. To achieve this they integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices, and much more.
Eco-villages typically include the following characteristics:
Whilst the physical aspects are relatively easy to achieve, often the greater challenge for members of eco-villages is to be able to overcome individual prejudices and ‘personal shadows’ in order to achieve a sustainable, social cohesion of the community. According to Robert Gilman the main steps to creating a sustainable community include:
Douwe van der Zee has described permaculture as a combination of the words ‘permanent’ and ‘agriculture’, and was formulated specifically by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren to emphasise the difference from traditional agriculture. Traditional agriculture has become increasingly impermanent, in the sense that it relies on huge inputs of external energy, capital and labour, and has often been destructive to the soil. Permaculture systems are self-sufficient and ultimately need few or no external inputs. Mollison and Holmgren had more in mind, however, than just agriculture. What they proposed was nothing less than a radically different way of relating to the environment and to each other. It was meant to counteract the highly unsustainable, anti-nature ‘more, bigger, better’ (consumer) culture approach that has characterised modern society in the recent decades, and has largely been responsible for the serious global environmental, human and economic problems we now face. Permaculture is about using natural principles to ensure the maximum production of food and other human needs locally. This has considerable economic, agricultural, social and other implications.
Some of the basic principles of permaculture include:
Self-sufficiency is the basis for most eco-villages as it ties in with everything else. In a cultivated ecosystem different crops ripen throughout the year. A variety of vegetables, eggs, fruits and nuts, cheese, bread, honey and other foods, as well as electricity and energy for cooking, are consistently available. Self-sufficiency is extended to many other spheres of life within an eco-village including buildings. Houses are built of natural materials such as clay, stone, straw and wood – whichever is most easily and locally available. There are a number of eco-villages in South Africa. Here are some useful websites about these eco-villages, as well as global sites concerned with eco-villages and intentional communities.
Reinventing how we live in the city
LA ecovillage: self-reliance in car-free urban homestead - In urban Los Angeles, about 3 miles west of downtown, 500 people live on 11 acres where priority is given to bicycles, fruit trees, greywater, veggie gardens, clotheslines, compost, shared spaces (tool shop, art space, bike shop), micro-businesses, on-site natural food coop and chickenshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdQGozSavz8
Los Angeles Eco-Villagehttp://laecovillage.org/
Seed Communities: Ecovillage Experiments Around the World-The book is out! "Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community" . Curious about the leading edge of green living? After traveling to ecovillages on five continents, Professor Karen Litfin shares some gleanings about how these seed communities might help us to create a sustainable future.
Ecovillagebook from Karen Litfin
ANEV - National Agency Ecovillage in Senegal
SOS Environnement Sénégal - Organisation de
recherche et d'action sur l’environnement
Transposed in urban areas, the ecovillage model
becomes a process:
contribution is not simply about just doing good,
"Small actions taken by each of us, multiplied across
communities, can create a better world." – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon