Օn July 21-26, 2014 a tent camp was organized in Khndzristan village, Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh that aimed at discussing and suggesting the ecovillage model implementation idea in Artsakh and developing EcoKhndzristan ecovillage network together with numerous participants of NGOs as well as with other stakeholders.
The EcoKhndzristan ecovillage network initiative is coordinated by the “Young Biologists Association” NGO, “Artsakh Youth Development Center” NGO and “Ecovillage” NGO involving other NGOs and stakeholders from Armenia and Artsakh.
The main goal
The initiative aims to promote the development of the ecovillage activities in the Khndzristan, Patara and Astghashen communities in Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh. The main criteria for ecovillage are environmental education, the production of agricultural products according to organic agriculture standards, promotion of waste sorting, recycling and energy saving, development of ecotourism and agritourism. This initiative will be a classic example not only for Artsakh but also for other parts of Armenia in establishment of the ecovillages.
Ecovillages in global context
Ecovillage as a place for healthy lifestyle has emerged in Central Europe since 1960. Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), which connects every ecovillage in the world, was founded in 1995, to support the communities that preserve and regenerate the natural organic environment of the world. GEN is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives, which bridges different continents, countries and cultures. Network members include large networks like Sarvodaya (2,000 active sustainable villages in Sri Lanka) the Federation of Damanhur in Italy and Nimbin in Australia; small rural ecovillages like Los Angeles EcoVillage and Christiania in Copenhagen; educational centres such as Findhorn in Scotland, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, and many more.