3-rd meeting of living ecovillages on February 7-10, 2008
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February 7-10 in Russian Ecovillage "Kovcheg" meeting of
functioning ecovillages took part. Kovcheg is one of biggest one
(~100 permanent residents with children currently, ~250 residents
totally), so this is enough convenient place for winter meeting.
Where was more than 40 participants (~50 with children) from Russia
(Ural, Karelia, Central Russia), Byelorussia, Czechia and Slovakia.
The are represent 16 ecovillages.
Main idea was to invite representatives from functioning
ecovillages. We have boom of ecovillage organizations here during
last 5 years and there are hundreds of initiatives and active
groups, but commonly they are solve question "How to create
ecovillage?" (this is not so easy :). Main focus of our last meeting
was "Problems and solutions of functioning ecovillages".
Functioning ecovillages was calculated by winter permanent
population (in number of families). Russia is unique country :) we
found we have ecovillages with more than 40 houses under roof
without winter permanent residents(!). Sometimes snow clean-up for
several kilometers required from eco-village to federal roads, so
winter leaving is not so toilless. This and other problems commonly
solved after several families resettlement and this is questions of
soon years (we take up dynamic of current functioning ecovillages
There was several GEN members on meeting - "Novo-Ecovil" ecovillage,
"Bolshoy Kamen" (Big Stone) ecovillage, "Grishino" (AFAIR -
Also GEN-Europe Council member - Laysan Mirzagitova took part in
meeting and hope she will prepare detailed message in English.
Welcome to Russia and "Kovcheg"! :)
Additional information available in Russian!