Letters to the Editor 201103-04
March-April 2011 Issue
Ecovillages in Colombia?
Dear Ecovillages" newsletter:
Do you know of any ecovillages in Colombia, South America?
Gabriel Hernando Latorre Gómez
Thanks very much for asking. Sí! There are ecocovillages in Colombia.
The network of ecovillages in Colombia — Red de Ecoaldeas de Colombia — is one resource: website is http://www.ecoaldeasdecolombia.org
You can also contact Carlos "Pato" Gómez in Medellín, Colombia. He's the representative for northern South America in the ENA organization (Ecovillage Network of the Americas), one of the three regions of GEN (Global Ecovillage Network). (I met Pato in 2005 when he attended the 9th North American Bioregional Congress in the US — a really nice guy.) His email is pato~at~ecovillage.org or cjg~at~une.net.co
Gaviotas is an eco-community in the eastern plains of Colombia famous for its appropriate technology-innovations and reforestion with Carribbean pine trees — which is actually helping revive Amazonian jungle foliage. The founder of Gaviotas, Paolo Lugari, says Gaviotas is not an ecovillage (not sure why he says this) but it seems to function like one. The website of the "Friends of Gavoiotas" organization (in English) is http://www.friendsofgaviotas.org/Friends_of_Gaviotas/Home.html
The Wikipedia article about Gaviotas (in English) is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaviotas
The book about the community (only in English) is Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, by Alan Weisman. Chelsea Green Publishers (1998, 2008).
Hope you find this helpful. Good luck!
Diana Leafe Christian,