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) project focused 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 scale successful initiatives.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Project summary

The ETiA project has produced a Handbook, a Toolkit, a curriculum and a navigation pathway to support the collaboration between local authorities and community-led initiatives. The approach is based on the following approaches and methodologies:

All the materials have been produced through the Ecovillage Transition in Action Erasmus project around which a number of methodologies, theories and approaches are strung.

Project Partners

The meeting of the ETiA consortium and participants of the multiplier event in St. Lawrence, Scotland, May 2022.

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

Due to Covid restrictions, the Norwegian partner stepped away before the summer of 2020.

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 municipalities, local authorities, community councils etc.

Some sore ingredients are methodologies, approaches 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.

The toolkit can be dowloaded as pdf here:

2. A handbook and curriculum

The Handbook, entitled Communities and Local Authorities Collaborating for Sustainability frames the curriculum and together with the Toolkit addresses different actors' roles when community-led initiatives interact with local authorities. This takes place across sectors for bioregional transformation and restoration. Individuals from ecovillages, community-led initiatives, local governments and local universities can come together to learn how to design and implement local and bioregional regeneration in line with the Ecovillage Principles and the SDGs.

The Handbook is available as pdf in:

3. Trainers' Handbook

The project included training sessions to equip facilitators with the ETiA tools, skills and competencies for easier scaling and multiplying the ETiA programme. ETiA Trainers' Handbook equips facilitators with the tools, skills and competencies to facilitate local and regional processes of transformation and regeneration. The trainer's handbook is currently available here in [English].

4. Project tracker

The bases for the [project tracker] are the Journey of Regeneration, Ecovillage Impact assessment, and SDG assessment tools. This provides the framework for local municipalities and community-led initiatives to assess the extent to which they have developed the competencies to achieve regional sustainability OR – the goals and targets of their collaboration within the framework of the Ecovillage Principles and SDGs.

External links and resources

Disclaimer: The European Commission's support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.