Ecovillage Transition in Action

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Good collaboration between community-led initiatives and local authorities attracts positive media attention.

Ecovillage Transition in Action (ETiA) focuses on creating empowering partnerships to scale sustainable development and regenerative practices by communities and local authorities collaborating for sustainability.

As is shown by many such successful partnerships between community-led initiatives and local authorities, this proves to be an effective way to cross-pollinate ideas, develop opportunities and share successful initiatives.

ETiA provides solutions for the scaling up of existing community-led solutions, the design and implementation of new and locally appropriate innovative solutions, increased engagement in and efficiency of local governance, and stronger local partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Project summary

The ETiA project has produced a handbook, a curriculum and a course to support the collaboration between local authorities and community-led initiatives. The approach is based on the Map of Regeneration and Sustainable Development Goals around which a number of methodologies, theories and approaches are strung.

All the materials have been produced through the Ecovillage Transition in Action Erasmus project.

Project Partners

The ETiA team was made up of representative from the following consortium:

Intelectual outputs

1. Ecovillage Transition Toolkit

The toolkit collates and curates knowledge and practices in ecovillages and community-led initiatives and how that integrates with local government institutions and processes. These can be either municipalities, regional municipalities, local authorities or community councils.

Core ingredients are methodologies, exercises and tools previously developed in other Erasmus+ partnerships like SIRCle and CLIPS. These are aligned with the Map of Regeneration (including the Ecovillage Design Cards) and the Journey of Regeneration.

2. A handbook and curriculum

The handbooks frames the curriculum and together they adreess different actors' roles when community-led initiatives interact with local authorities. This across sectors for bioregional transformation and restoration. Individuals from ecovillages, community led initiatives, local government and local colleges or universities can come together to learn how to design and implement local and bioregional regeneration in line with the Ecovillage Principles and the SDGs.

3. Training of Trainers

The programme to equip facilitators with the ETiA tools, skills and competencies was created for easier scaling and multiplying the curriculum.

4. Navigation tool

The basis for the navigation tool is the Ecovillage Impact assessment, which is linked to SDG assessment tools. This provides the framework for local municipalities to track progress in implementation and help communities and municipalities to tweak their processes and designs.

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