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AAQ – Agentes Agroflorestais Quilombolas (Quilombolas Agroforestry Agents)

This project wants to recover the ciliary forest (water-bordering vegetation) of the Igarape Simauma, in the Quilombola territory St. Rosa dos Pretos, through the planting of native trees. Its other aim is to collectively develop an agroforestry system in close dialogue with subsistence farming practitioners of the Quilombo.

As a result of the arrival of a mining company and the reduction of region’s productive areas, its identified serious problems, such as deforestation, silting in rivers and streams, and lack of water. It was from this diagnosis and discussion within the community that its created the collective Quilombola Agroforestry Agents on June 5th 2017, formed by 20 young quilombolas.

  • Food, Landscapes, Water
  • 2018
  • Intentional Projects
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African Biodiversity Network

ABN was established in the late 1990s, through the ‘African Group’ of policy-influencers, registering as a Trust in Kenya in 2010. It now has 36 active partners in 12 countries across Africa, and has incubated a number of important regional initiatives, including the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA).

It grew out of a commitment to nurture a new leadership in Africa, dedicated to enhancing biological and cultural diversity, and social and ecological justice. It uses exchange programs, training and knowledge-sharing to strengthen rights, policy and legislation.

A particular focus is the empowering of indigenous and local communities across Africa to revive their bio-cultural diversity & protect their sacred natural sites & territories (SNS&T).

  • Community, Landscapes, Networks
  • 2018
  • Influence Award
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AGROECOPOLIS

Established in February 2017, AGROECOPOLIS is the first Greek grassroots NGO to focus on food sovereignty, access to land and agroecology, and is the product of many years of collaboration.

It’s work involves: supporting networking and skill-sharing amongst agroecological practitioners; participating in research projects with CAWR, FIAN, TNI; helping establish practical land-based projects in Greece.

For example, it has supported a solidarity exports initiative whereby citrus fruits and olive oil are exported to food initiatives in the EU; supporting small agroecological Greek farmers.

AGROECOPOLIS is currently in the process of setting up a Greek Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Association, and hopes to create an agroecology training centre and revive the Permaculture Caravan.

  • Community, Food, Networks
  • 2018
  • Young Projects
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Agroecopolis

Agroecopolis is a very young, grassroots non-profit, non-governmental organisation. It is the Hellenic Network for Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Access To Land.

It is the product of many years of collaboration between a variety of formal and informal groups, collectives and individuals working in these broad areas.

We actively promote different models of connecting consumers and producers -like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), we provide links with the social solidarity economy movement and alternative currencies, and we work on issues of inclusion for sensitive social groups, migrants and displaced people through the idea of food production, distribution and consumption.

 

  • Food
  • Intentional Projects
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  • Greek, English
  • Kleitou 18, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, 54642, Greece

American University of Beirut – Nature Conservation Center

Established in 2002, AUB-NCC is a platform for faculty and students across disciplines to engage in human ecology and public participatory approaches towards regenerative socio-environmental change.

Its projects are transdisciplinary in nature, apply innovative digital tools that support collective action and build deep relations among collaborating communities.

AUB-NCC is reviving traditional medicinal plant based knowledge, publishing citizen-friendly guides for diverse entities to enter the circular economy, collaborating with over 100 communities to produce a digital platform for collective eco-cultural protection and rural economic support, supporting eco-entrepreneurs, establishing an Integrative Health MSc and bringing regenerative principles to the Ecosystem Management MSc at AUB.’

  • Energy, Food, Networks
  • 2018
  • Influence Award
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Photo: American University of Beirut – Nature Conservation Center

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Amrita Bhoomi Center

At Amritabhoomi, our mission is to challenge corporate attempts to impose patents on life by building sustainable models of autonomy in agriculture.

Its programs are open to all rural people, and the key constituency Amrita Bhoomi works with is the farmer’s movement in Karnataka, which has a membership of around 200,000 farmers.

Key work is centered on agroecology training programs- we especially promote farmer-to-farmer training on farming practices, ecological pest control, agroforestry, direct marketing, value addition etc. We also have intensive programs specifically for youth. Other key programs are seed conservation, model farms, youth internships and millets campaign.

Future plans include, expanding the seed program significantly as there is a very high demand for local seeds – we will increase our seed collections, expanding our seed saver network, produce and distribute seeds.

We also plan to expand our millets program, by increasing the number of local farmers growing millets, by carrying out processing and value addition and direct marketing, and forming cooperatives. We will also deepen research on climate friendly drought resistant crops.

  • Food
  • Influence Award
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Photo: Amrita Bhoomi Center

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Amrita Bhoomi Peasant Agroecology Centre

Amrita Bhoomi is a peasant agroecology training centre. It was launched in 2013 by Indian farmers to find solutions to the agrarian and ecological crises in India.

Today, most farm soil and food are contaminated, ground water tables are low, and biodiversity is lost, due to oil dependent, chemical, and monoculture farming. On the social front, there is a wave of farmer’s suicides because of indebtedness due to expensive inputs.

Amrita Bhoomi is working to reverse these trends by carrying out trainings for farmers on Zero Budget Natural Farming – a local agroecological method that needs no external inputs, very low water, and relies on natures processes. It has a special focus on youth, and also carry out seed conservation and distribution and climate adaptation.

  • Food, Water
  • 2018
  • Influence Award
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  • English
  • https://amritabhoomi.org/
  • Amrita Bhoomi
    Hondarabalu village, 18 Km CHM - B. R. Hills Road
    571342
    Chamarajanagar Taluk and District
    India

ARCAH.org

ARCAH ‘The Association of Rescue of Citizenship Through Affection Towards Humanity’ – was founded in 2013 by a group of young people from the city of São Paulo that wanted to act at the root cause of homelessness, poverty and scarcity in urban centers.

After years of taking food and clothing to people living in the streets, the group decided to act at another level, bringing permaculture and other abundant based concepts to help create permanent change.

ARCAH is now building a new farm near the city, to rescue and shelter more homeless people, and creating new urban farms in downtown São Paulo, turning public and private spaces into organic permaculture farming spots inside the city.

ARCAH’s future plans is to expand both urban and rural farms, so that people that suffer the most from lack of employment, resources and quality of life can change their destiny into an abundant one.

  • Community, Food, Housing
  • 2017
  • Young Projects
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Photo: ARCAH.org

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  • Portuguese
  • http://www.arcah.org/
  • Rua Francisco Dias Velho, 1008, São Paulo, São Paulo 04581-001, Brazil

Autonome Heilschule Wendland

The “Autonome Heilschule Wendland” is a project in creation.

We want to establish a healing school, where people can self-study or attend daily classes, that is open for everyone that wants to learn about alternative medicine and treatments, to find individual approaches to their health. It is a place for support and exchange with a medicinal garden, apothecary, movement room and more.

We will organise regular courses and workshops to facilitate the transmission of knowledge from specialists to the people, regardless of their income, background and identities.

  • Community
  • 2017
  • Intentional Projects
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Photo: Autonome Heilschule Wendland

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  • German, English
  • Grieboer Dorfstr. 7, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Sachsen-Anhalt 06886, Germany

Be-incO

Be-in-cO stands for BEleif and BEing present, INspiration, INnovation and INterconnectedness, and for COmmunication, COcreation and COmmunity.

We facilitate transformative workshops to enable individuals, communities and organizations to realize their collective intelligence and co-create positive change.

We combine our expertise in social entrepreneurship and facilitation with the most innovative participatory methodologies and provide teams with alternative tools that are extremely precious in our chaotic, fast-changing world.

We work with cross-sector change makers and social entrepreneurs, social and humanitarian organizations, disadvantaged populations, volunteers, educators, communities and the business sector. We consider what we do to be the regeneration of human connection.

  • Community, Networks
  • 2017
  • Intentional Projects
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Photo: Be-incO

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Benaa organization

Benaa aims to empower Arabian youth to build sustainable development projects, and create an interactive enabling environment in the MENA region.

These projects cover:

  1. Ecological Sustainability: controlling water and air pollution, and solid waste management
  2. Food and Agriculture: organic farming, food waste reduction, and local food production
  3. Education: raising awareness of sustainable development
  4. Urbanism and Architecture: including reconstructing inadequate rural and urban settlements
  5. Information and Communications Technology
  6. Social Development: to improve the life standards of rural and poor communities
  • Community
  • 2017
  • Intentional Projects
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Bioregional Learning Centre

The Bioregional Learning Centre sits amongst a network of local people and organisations in South Devon where community innovation, local economics, and regeneration of place is already happening.

Our work is aimed at increasing the scale, pace and efficacy required to make this happen.

The region has the potential to become a centre of excellence in the UK, known for examples where we have changed our relationships with food, water, energy, soil, waste, ecology and economy, seen over time as an interrelated system.

We build partnerships and work in collaborative project teams to design and implement solutions to regional wellbeing and sustainability. Using best practice techniques for creative engagement we organise design days, get projects off the ground, hold the whole picture, connect people to each other and people to place.

  • Networks
  • 2017
  • Intentional Projects
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Photo: Bioregional Learning Centre

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Blueprint

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.

  • Community, Energy, Food, Housing, Water
  • 2018
  • Young Projects
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Photo: Blueprint

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Byspokes.org

Byspokes’ journey began in 2010, when Philip Jones and Lorena Viladomat embarked on a cycle-ride from the UK to Palestine to fundraise for a new aquaculture program in the area, and raise awareness of Palestine’s water crisis. They joined Alice Gray at Bustan Qaraaqa (a permaculture farm in Bethlehem) and built the first aquaponics system in the West Bank, going on to implement many more projects with various partners in the region.

In 2013, Alice, Phil and Lorena formalised their partnership, creating a platform to raise awareness of permaculture as a strategy for community development, and creating a repository for their shared experience. Byspokes now works globally, supporting communities to revitalise ailing environments; sustainably enhance food and water justice for all, and reconnect with nature.

  • Community, Food, Networks, Water
  • 2018
  • Young Projects
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Photo: Byspokes.org

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Calderdale Bootstrap

Calderdale Bootstrap is a group of social entrepreneurs, co-operators, activists and changemakers, looking to engage our community in the upper Calder Valley to co-create our next economy.

We aim to build on the history of mutual self-help in our valley; work with our existing social enterprise and take it up a gear. We will inspire and directly support the next generation of enterprises to help create a more vibrant and more resilient solidarity economy, with real livelihoods, community commonwealth, and the ability to thrive in the challenging times ahead as the current economic system unravels.

Another Economy is Possible.

  • Community
  • 2017
  • Intentional Projects
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Center for Justice and human Rights in the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (CEJUDHCAN)

Started in 2003, CEJUDHCAN secures indigenous land rights and promotes sustainable land management with communities on Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast. CEJUDHCAN was part of the team that led the process granting legal control of native lands to natives.

The Miskito communities have been frequently attacked by armed settlers, so many feel unsafe farming at a distance from their homes. CEJUDHCAN trains Miskito women in bio-intensive agriculture so they can farm safely in the smaller areas close to their homes. The agroecology training and materials provide critical food security allowing people to stay on their traditional lands while fighting for their land rights in national and international courts.

  • Community, Food, Landscapes
  • 2018
  • Established Projects
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  • Spanish, English
  • http://cejudhcan.org/
  • Barrio Nueva Jerusalén De la estación de buses una cuadra al sur, una cuadra al este
    Puerto Cabezas
    71000
    RAAN
    Nicaragua

Communities in Transition – Tackling fuel poverty

In Hungary and the rest of Europe Roma people are one of the largest and most discriminated minorities and predominantly live in extreme poverty, geographically segregated.

Among many hardships poor housing conditions and lack of adequate heating during winter are some of the largest difficulties they face.

Eco-solutions can be cost effective and achievable with local resources and hence crucial for families with unpredictable incomes. Unfortunately few technological solutions are designed specifically for people living in extreme poverty in Europe.

Our work challenges this; we are developing affordable and efficient stoves, insulation and fuel programs in collaboration with local communities.

  • Community, Energy
  • 2017
  • Intentional Projects
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Photo: Communities in Transition – Tackling fuel poverty

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Compassos Institute / Action Compassos

The purpose of the Compassos Institute is to debate ideas related to the marginality of youngsters and adults with special needs that cannot enter the labor market.

We also strive to develop ways to minimize and prevent environmental damage in Brazil.

The Compassos Action Project is multidisciplinary and works in different spheres, the main one being biodynamic agriculture. Families, schools and the community will all be welcomed.

We will offer practical experience creating a collective vegetable garden, as well as student training, courses and lectures.

We hope for this project to be replicated in neighboring cities.

  • Community
  • 2017
  • Intentional Projects
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Compost Company Coöperatief U.A.

The Compost Company started as a reaction to waste management problems, in a neighbourhood with a lot of community garden projects. We aim to provide our members with a composting service, eliminating waste while improving soil fertility.

We pick up their green waste weekly and they get several compost products back. We also compost commercial waste to sell outside of our subscription service.

We aim to employ mostly refugees and help them get on their feet and find their way around Dutch society. The municipality reacted very enthusiastically to our plans and is helping us grow to increase our service area, and providing us with a place to start our business.

  • Community
  • 2018
  • Intentional Projects
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Photo: Compost Company Coöperatief U.A.

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Cultivate: Traditional practical skills for women of the future

As three women working in the woodland industry, Cultivate observe the under-representation of women in this sector. Its work is gratifying and ecologically sound; contributing to the regeneration of woodlands, and reducing the ‘need’ for cheap imports. Cultivate finds that this work constantly reminds us of our place in the fragile ecosystem.

Cultivate is keen to get young women out into the woods to develop their own relationship with the natural world through practical activities. Through these activities, they may be motivated into lifework which supports environmental regeneration, and challenges gender roles and wealth accumulation as indicators of success.

Over time, it hopes to acquire a woodland base, practicing agro-ecology, where young women can develop skills to become mentors to the next generation.

  • Community, Landscapes
  • 2018
  • Intentional Projects
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Photo: Cultivate: Traditional practical skills for women of the future

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