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The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as an umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide.


People and communities meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.


Network members include large networks like Sarvodaya (2,000 active sustainable villages in Sri Lanka); the Federation of Damanhur in Italy and Nimbin in Australia; small rural ecovillages like Gaia Asociación in Argentina and Huehuecoyotl, Mexico; urban rejuvenation projects like Los Angeles EcoVillage and Christiania in Copenhagen; permaculture design sites such as Crystal Waters, Australia, Cochabamba, Bolivia and Barus, Brazil; and educational centres such as Findhorn in Scotland, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, Earthlands in Massachusetts, and many more.


GEN's main aim is to support and encourage the evolution of sustainable settlements across the world. They do this by facilitating the flow and exchange of knowledge about ecovillages through:

● Website Information sharing & networking forums and webinars;

● Promoting partner programs and social actions that reflect GEN’s core values;

● Fostering Global Cooperation/Partnerships (UN Best Practices, EU Phare, EYFA, Ecosoc).


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Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Information/network organization
Field of work Agriculture, Services, other, Knowledge and information
Date of commencement 1991
Founder(s) Hildur and Ross Jackson
Legal form Foundation
Continent Europe
Country Germany
City Beetzendorf
One or several keywords that describe your initiative Ecovillages, sustainable lifestyle
Publications Newsletters, reports, website
More information

Contact person(s)

Ulrike Schimmel


Contact information

Name GEN (Global Ecovillage Network)
Address Sieben Linden 1
Zip/postal code 38489
Place Beetzendorf
State/province Sachsen-Anhalt
Country Germany
Phone +49-(0)39000-51235



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