The Fiji Ecovillage Transition Project is an initiative by GENOA and GEN Australia, to engage the sustainability network of Fiji and to assist a  traditional village in the transition towards ecovillage. There are four key dimensions in ‘ecovillage’ – social, ecology, worldview (culture) and economy, integrating into a whole systems design. 

We acknowledge and respect that many Pacific Island communities are already strong in social and culture, and our role is to guide them to see and appreciate this, value their strengths, and understand what areas they need support in. GENOA will guide the process and support local communities to upskill and transition to sustainable settlements. Follow up after this pilot program will be in the capacity of mentorship, troubleshooting and providing trainings on request. 

Project overview 

The overarching goal in the pilot program is to engage stakeholders and community leaders in traditional villages to take ownership, contribute and participate in the ecovillage transition program. Ecovillage is a process not an outcome. There are four key dimensions in ‘ecovillage’ – social, ecology, worldview (culture) and economy, integrating into a whole systems design. 

Phase 1 consists of four parts: 

  1. A Country study (to identify similar organisations, communities and projects that GENOA could align with and include in initial engagement).
  2. Community engagement (An introduction workshop to ecovillage principals to key stakeholders and community leaders to identify a specific pilot project).
  3. Community design and training (A week long intensive training and education in a specific pilot community to implement ecovillage principals including increasing community capacity and identifying ongoing steps required).
  4. Training and Implementation (ongoing support to the pilot project and growing network to ensure principles are implemented). Specific trainings given according to what the community needs, based on issues faced and leverage points, focusing on locally appropriate solutions

The project is supported by Tower Insurance.

The introduction training will be held near Suva, Fiji 19-21 August 2019 with a limit of 35 participants.

For GENOA Link: https://ecovillage.org/project/fiji-ecovillage-transition-project/

For more enquirers on the project please email: genoafiji@ecovillage.org