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Ecovillage Development

EcoVillage Projects:

An ecovillage is a multi-dimensional supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life that integrates various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building and much more. Ecovillages draw inspiration and practices from the best ways of living on the planet from both the past and the present. They are learning and living centers showing a way towards a brighter future for all.

Earth Rights Institute is developing and successfully implementing ecovillage working models in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Community and grassroots leaders are emerging in these areas, empowered and inspired by the vision and values of ecovillage development. They are further supported and encouraged by global networks of persons of “good will and special skill” as put forth in the Earth Rights Institute mission statement.

Each region of the world has its own particular needs, resources and potential. Earth Rights Institute approaches the challenges holistically by developing partnerships and collaboration with local groups, organizations and individuals to enhance and augment their own efforts toward peace and prosperity.

We offer to others our experience and ability to organizing community master plan initiatives for building an harmonic culture of peace and plenty. Via strong and cooperative partnerships, we will walk together with you towards our mutual goal of a world that sustains and supports the highest and best in each and every one of us.

What is an EcoVillage?


Ecovillages 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.


The motivation for ecovillages is the choice and commitment to reverse the gradual disintegration of supportive social/cultural structures and the upsurge of destructive environmental practices on our planet.

For millenia, people have lived in communities close to nature, and with supportive social structures. Many of these communities, or "ecovillages", exist to this day and are struggling for survival.

Ecovillages are now being created intentionally, so people can once more live in communities that are connected to the Earth in a way that ensures the well-being of all life-forms into the indefinite future.

Ecovillages are one solution to the major problems of our time - the planet is experiencing the limits to growth, and our lives are often lacking meaningful content. According to increasing numbers of scientists, we have to learn to live sustainably if we are to survive as a species. The United nations launched its Global Environment Outlook 2000 report, based on reports from UN agencies, 850 individuals and over 30 environmental institutes, concluding that "the present course is unsustainable and postponing action is no longer an option."

Ecovillages, by endeavoring for lifestyles which are "successfully continuable into the indefinite future", are living models of sustainability, and examples of how action can be taken immediately. They represent an effective, accessible way to combat the degradation of our social, ecological and spiritual environments. They show us how we can move toward sustainability in the 21st century (Agenda 21).

In 1998, ecovillages were first officially named among the United Nations' top 100 listing of Best Practices, as excellent models of sustainable living.

Ecovillages typically build on various combinations of three dimensions:

  • Social/Community
  • Ecological
  • Cultural/Spiritual