1. Associação Terra Sintrópica

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    Associação Terra Sintrópica was born from a collaborative spirit in 2018, when a group of people (motivated citizens) came together to respond to a set of challenges that affected the territory, such as desertification, depopulation and climate change, in Mértola Portugal.

    In a participatory, community-based and multi-stakeholder approach, we intend to become a replicable prototype for the development of best practices in regeneration: Mértola – Laboratory for the Future. Through “regeneration by use”, we promote a local foodnetwork and we test and apply agro-ecological farming solutions.

    We run a logistics centre and a pilot-and demonstration farm where the regenerative practices with the best results for the territory are tested, so that other farmers can use them. The initiative increases local self-esteem and it helped to create social and economic perspectives, fostering the settlement of new local residents and entrepreneurs.

    The team has been grown to 12 co-workers, more than 60 volunteers and interns have visited and contributed, also have integrated master and doctoral students focusing on experimentation and research.

  2. EcoAtivo

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    In the Beira Interior center region of Portugal – an area with much value from its geological heritage and closely connected with biodiversity and the local communities – the high level of environmental degradation is evident: abandoned tungsten mines and plans for new lithium ones; a disconnected society and departing youth; pines and eucalyptus monocultures; extreme forest fires; and deserted villages.

    Starting from an urgent environmental pressure, EcoAtivo embraces all the dimensions of society, interacting with local, rural, and urban residents – especially youths and young adults.
    EcoAtivo proposes a lifelong regenerative lifestyle programme focused on:

    1. Regenerative Lifestyle training, including:
    * Critical Thinking for abandoned and new mines and mineralized commodities
    * Circular economy and the power of local currencies
    * Theatre, cinema, and music for environmental advocacy.

    2. Socio-environmental pilot actions, including:
    * Holistic bat conservation in old mines and abandoned ruins
    * Non-violent guerrilla gardening; seed bombs & hardwood cuttings combat

    3. Networking between regenerative web-of-life projects, including:
    * Conscious networks for exchanges of good practices and mutual support
    * Co-creating a new narrative and collective awareness with cooperative actions.

  3. Cooperativa Integral Minga CRL

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    This integral cooperative was founded to reverse a process common to many rural Portuguese towns: population loss, the abandonment of agriculture and the decline of local commerce.

    Located in Montemor-o-Novo (a small town in the south of Portugal), Minga is creating tools that support the development of local circular economies, whilst aiming to operate in all sectors needed for living: the production of goods, services, housing, health, education etc.

    Minga has supported the creation of new businesses in different fields, including biocosmetics, ceramics, detergents, clothes and solar panel installations. It shares the administrative and management costs among its members and operates a financially sustainable shop that sells local products.

    It promotes agro-ecological farming practices and helps to organize production and distribution channels for local farmers. It shares a space that acts as a venue for socio-cultural activities and operates an internal currency that facilitates the exchange of products and services between members.

    Through its work, Minga promotes ‘degrowth’ principles that include: the deeper integration of humans in ecosystems, consuming less, reusing resources and sourcing locally, seasonally and slowly.

  4. Reflorestar Portugal

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    Reflorestar Portugal came from the collective dream to empower human communities to enable natural regeneration. After the Portuguese wild fires in 2017, it began to call people for a collaborative event (the first Meeting for the Forests), where representatives from all over Portugal and other countries gathered to create bonds and solutions.

    Reflorestar understands that it is a gradual process of gathering tools, techniques, economic resilience, and strengthening network bonds to facilitate conscious environmental development. It set about multiplying the number of regenerators. Its focus at the moment is to create seed banks and a tree nurseries network to enable reforestation projects, while educating and creating educational content to be shared.

    Sharing experiences, and inspiring, connecting and nurturing people and projects, are key roles it has played on a national level. Its mission is to enhance the human potential to collaborate for the regeneration of planet earth and humanity itself.

  5. Quinta Das Abelhas

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    Quinta Das Abelhas is a bee sanctuary, supported by water retention, soil health, reforestation and land regeneration strategies, on 12 hectares of land.

    It will share ideas and education with others and invite thought leaders from diverse fields to teach from the land through events and workshops. It will develop the idea by inviting others to jointly own the land, and establish a formal charity and co-ownership structure.

    In 5 years time there will be flowing water on the land, solar energy infrastructure for all requirements; a thriving bee population where the project re-distributes healthy bees to locals; biodiversity in trees, plants and insects; healthy soil, renovated ruins, natural round timber-framed homes and an 11-metre round house for training and celebration.

  6. Blueprint

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    Blueprint is an international alliance and network of individuals, small businesses and not-for-proft organisations, that collaborate on developing integrated design solutions for regenerative human settlements. It partners with communities and organisations to develop, research and promote regenerative principles and practices.

    It’s currently working on ‘Blueprint200’ – a design framework, demonstration site and sharing resource for creating regenerative refugee camps that meet and go beyond current humanitarian SPHERE standards. It has visited refugee sites and interviewed refugees, aid and social workers, permaculturists and more. In 2017 it developed the first version of a framework that includes design principles, a regenerative continuum and a pattern language for refugee camps.