Empower young people, especially those facing challenges, to actively engage in sustainable lifestyles, nurture social inclusion, and promote environmental sustainability through innovative education and participation in eco-communities, thereby addressing interconnected challenges of inequality and environmental degradation.

Duration: 30 months (01.04.2025 - 30.09.2026)

Project Number: 2023-2-FR02-KA220-YOU-000179634

Project Name: ECOSystem

Lead/coordinator organization: Catfarm Education

Partner organizations:

Greece - Hopeland

Italy - New Wellness Education

Belgium - Gaia Education

Spain - Back to the Roots

Project Overview

The project intends to increase young people’s engagement in sustainable development and will also open pathways to active participation for young people with fewer opportunities in civil society and decision-making processes by bridging youth with eco-communities. By getting to know the activities of eco-communities and participation in them, young people will naturally increase their motivation to participate in democratic life and to engage in civil society meaningfully, improving their community spirit and inter-connection. They will also be equipped with concrete tools to live a more sustainable lifestyle, including social eco-sustainable entrepreneurship tools, and will be able to promote them in their communities.

On the other hand, the project will be beneficial also for the eco-communities involved. They will be educated and mentored in methods of non-formal education, and methods for working with and targeting people with fewer opportunities, to enable them to attract young people to their activities in the long-term.

ECOSystems intends to foster a sense of community and co-responsibility for Sustainability by building bridges between innovative and relevant stakeholders; respectively eco-communities and youth with fewer opportunities.

The General aim of the project is to achieve a more inclusive society with a developed sense of co-responsibility for local and global sustainable development, bringing together young people with eco-communities across Europe.

Target groups of the project

  1. Youth workers from eco-communities
  2. Youths with fewer opportunities
  3. Local eco-communities


Main Activities


Kick-off meeting


Eco-communities Online Portal (Mapping and Networking)

e-Handbook Development


Enhancing eco-communities skills (Training)

Local learning-action processes


Youth Exchange

Transformative Communities - Online Seminar

Wrapping up - Final Evaluation Meeting online


Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Executive Agency (REA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.