- 19.03.2013 Ecovillages - 7th project partners meeting: the final year of project implementation has started
- 18.10.2012 Ecovillages - 6th project partners’ meeting: achievements are on the way
- 01.10.2012 Ecovillages - Norwegians were inspired by Ecovillages project
- 18.09.2012 Ecovillages - Project's petition received support from more than 1000 signees
- 27.06.2012 Ecovillages - On EU strategy 2014 - 2020
- 27.06.2012 Ecovillages - #1 newsletter
- 27.06.2012 Ecovillages - 5th partners meeting: 1 meeting - 3 workshops
- 10.10.2011 Ecovillages - 3rd project “Ecovillages for sustainable rural development” partners meeting
Project title: Ecovillages for sustainable rural development
Application call: 3
Priority: 4. Attractive & competitive cities and regions
Project website: www.balticecovillages.eu
Lead Partner:Lietuvos agrarines ekonomikos institutas
V. Kudirkos g. 18
E-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Manager:Lietuvos agrarines ekonomikos institutas
V. Kudirkos g. 18
Summary description of the project:
The Ecovillage Movement is an initiative looking for a more sustainable way of living in rural areas and promoting a lot of innovations which deals with climate change, environmental pollution, resource shortages and social problems people face nowadays. Project “Ecovillages for sustainable rural development” aims at fostering ecovillages development as a more sustainable way of living in rural areas of the BSR. Aim will be achieved by collecting and transferring innovative concepts and good practices of the Ecovillage Movement to the society. The knowledge transferred by project activities will help for inhabitants of BSR region to develop new nature-friendly ways of living together on the land in a genuinely more sustainable way. Sustainability in the project includes physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural aspects.
The overall objective of the project is to develop more sustainable ways of living in rural areas of the BSR by offering a toolkit for ecovillage initiators and developers of various technological and social eco-initiatives.
Project will create informal education system on eco-technologies and nature-friendly living models within BSR region based on Ecovillage Movement experiences and produce training materials with case studies of best practice examples from BSR.Recommendations for policy-makers resulting by project activities on new rural development measures will help to find innovative ways to increase sustainability of rural areas within BSR.
The partnership composition is based on integrated territorial development principles realized through the inclusion of partners from different BSR countries. Project has partners from Poland, Latvia, Sweden, Finland, Belarus. Lead partner is from Lithuania.Project also has associated partners from Germany,Belarus,Russia,Finland,Sweden.
Key messages of the project:
• Ecovillage movement suggests an alternative idea to the individualistic, materialistic and consumer-oriented lifestyle.
• Ecovillage principles aim at combining sociocultural environment with a low–impact way of living.
• Ecovillage is one of the innovative concepts, which deals with climate change, environmental pollution, resource shortages and social problems people face nowadays.
• Project aims at fostering ecovillages development as a more sustainable way of living in rural areas of the Baltic Sea Region.
• Ecovillages are important element of sustainable rural development in BSR and beyond.
• Project contributes to the EU’s Baltic Sea Strategy and its Action Plan by proposing environmentally sustainable ways of living.
Achievements of the project so far:
Over 45 ecovillages were interviewed in BSR countries, assessing demographical, social, economic and ecotechnological aspects of ecovillages. Based on the results, case studies have been prepared which serve as a background for two manuals - guide for eco-settling practices and nature-friendly technologies and guide on social aspects of ecovillage creation and development. Manuals have been finalized, designed and translated to 6 BSR languages during period 5. The handbook for Ecovillage road aiming to inspire ecovillages to engage in green business and to become members of Ecovillage road as well as leaflet presenting Ecovillage road have also been created. Books will be distributed in PP countries in order to spread the knowledge about sustainable ways of living and practical examples among society.
Information on project implementation progress is published, main project outputs are available and internal project documents are stored in the elaborated multilingual project website.
Ecovillage sustainability self-evaluation test is available on the project website in 6 languages. It is a tool to: a) form a vision of the ecovillage b) diagnose the real ecovillage situation c) assess the gap between vision and reality d) identify what aspects of the ecovillage governance should be improved. Short and long versions of the test measure ecovillage’s real and desirable situation on 6 dimensions by using 5 point scale.
The Ecovillage road website is ready to use. Ecovillages, other eco-projects, consultants are constantly registering on the website as services/activities providers. The Ecovillage road network formation has been initiated as well by creating working groups and sharing responsibilities between network members.
Guideline for establishing an internship programme in ecovillages has been created and is available for public in the Ecovillage road website.
2 newsletter issues were released presenting Ecovillage movement and illustrating project progress.
A proposal for a Regulation 2014 - 2020 on support for rural development was prepared and submitted to respective bodies. The proposal highlights the growing role of ecovillages in the development of rural regions in the EU as well as designates how ecovillages could contribute to the sustainable rural development by transferring knowledge to the rest of society. The online petition to support the proposal was organized and reached over 1000 signees.
SWOT analysis of main factors influencing Eco-village movement in BSR countries was performed. It has been used as bases to prepare recommendations for politicians regarding the role of ecovillage movement in strengthening sustainability of rural regions. Each PP has prepared a draft for national recommendations that later have been combined on a BSR level. Policy recommendations have been further developed by creating an online questionnaire to obtain opinions from outside as well as discussing them in workshop during the PP meeting.
|Project Duration:||Sep 2010 - Dec 2013|
|Approximate total project budget in EUR:||1.291.800,00|
|Norwegian national contribution:||0,00|
List of partners
|Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics|
|LT-03105 Vilnius | LITHUANIA
V. Kudirkos g. 18
|Contact person: Rasa Melnikiene
E-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
|MTT Agrifood Research Finland|
|31600 Jokioinen | FINLAND
|Contact person: Hilkka Vihinen
Phone: +358 9 5608 6313
|Latvian State Institute of Agrarian Economics (LSIAE)|
|LV-1039 Riga | LATVIA
Struktoru street 14
|Contact person: Daina Saktiņa
|The West Pomeranian Business School|
|71210 Szczecin | POLAND
Zolnierska 53 Street
|Contact person: Jerzy Rozwadowski
Phone: +48 91 814 94 84
Web: www.zpsb.szczecin.pl, www.business-edu.eu
|Suderbyn cooperative society|
|621 99 Visby | SWEDEN
Västerhejde Toftavägen 211
Region: Småland med öarna
|Contact person: Robert Hall