Sustainable Communities in Armenia, Georgia and Germany
The climate crisis, the mass extinction of species and other ecological problems threaten the life of many people on our planet. All of us, but especially young people are and will be affected by these developments. Though, many of them don’t have possibilities to participate to change this situation. At the same time, there is a big potential to learn from another and co-create solutions. That’s why we - EcoHub (AM), Neighborhood (GE) and Villa Fohrde (D) - developed the project “Create Sustainable and Participatory Communities”. We connect youth and regional actors from Armenia, Georgia and Germany to exchange about challenges in their regions, learn from another about sustainable development and implement actions.
What we do: 7 Steps for Sustainable Communities
We want to take 7 steps to connect people and co-create sustainable development in our regions:
#1 Online trainings: In May 2021, we start with 4 trainings for facilitators from our teams and countries. We will learn about Education for Sustainable Development (17.5.), climate crises, biodiversity and sustainable perspectives in Caucasus (20.5.), youth participation in rural areas (27.5.), and experiencing nature with youth (31.5.). More about the content here.
#2 Community workshops: In June and July we go on with workshops for local actors from Vanadzor, Zemo Magharo and Potsdam-Mittelmark (see map below). We share approaches to promote sustainable development and youth participation.
#3 Youth seminars: In June and July 15-20 youth will come together in each seminar house. They gain a deeper understanding of the climate crisis and sustainable development, connect with youth from the other countries and develop initiative for sustainable change. Villa Fohrde cooperates with the Jugendforum Nachhaltigkeit Brandenburg.
#4 Initiatives for sustainable change: Between July and October young people will bring to live 14 actions for sustainable local change. This can be political activities, an exhibition on the climate crisis or promoting ecological products at a wine festival. They will be accompanied by mentors during the implementation.
#5 International exchange: In September managers, facilitators and cooks from the three educational houses meet at Villa Fohrde. They learn from another, through external experts and field visits about participation and sustainable regional development.
#6: Sustainable development practice tool: Based on our learnings and experiences we will develop an online practice tool for sustainable development.
#7: Evaluation & perspectives: In December we look back to our cooperation, evaluate it and develop ideas how to further co-create for a just and sustainable world.
Who we are: 3 educational houses
We are three dedicated teams running educational houses in rural areas of Germany, Armenia and Georgia. The EcoHub-team started to renovate Boo Alternative House five years ago in the mountains of Vanadzor, Armenia. The house serves as training place for up to 25 young Armenians, idea space for regional development and location for international guests. Neighborhood is located in Georgia’s wine region of Kakheti. Since 2017 a team and volunteers renovate the house and are developing it as an educational space, community center and place for sustainable tourism. Situated at the shore of the river Havel, Villa Fohrde is a sustainable seminar house. Officially recognized by the government of Brandenburg as educational center, the team runs trainings on sustainable development, civic education, arts and culture, and health since 1991.
Reach out to us
, EcoHub Foundation
, Villa Fohrde
Sustainable and Participatory Communities is funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany in frame of the Eastern Partnership Program.