Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
This pioneer eco-tourism eco-village will create social awareness, citizens empowerment, and also environmental education. This will be an unique place in Portugal, bringing many tourists and people from villages around to visit the local by its beauty, innovation, visibility and all experience, of being part of something completly new. The region of Coja have many natural and historic attractive points near like Fraga da Pena, Mata da Margaraça, River Beaches, Beautiful Mountains of Açor and Serra da Estrela, and also the biggest stone-house village in Portugal - Piodão. These points are connected to our tourism to create another national point of interest in this area, that bring innovation in many aspects. Also a place for volunteering
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
This project can add value to the region in many ways: Economic - as many national and international tourists are coming to visit and experience something new, and also visit this locals of natural patrimony near the eco-village, spending money in our activities and in these places, and also research of new economic internal models; Social - because it will be a place that show diferent solutions with low impact and maximum efficiency, it creates an harmony environment inside and between the people envolved with the project, and also teaches all this types of solutions with the activities and exchanges that we want to create when building and after the project is finished, creating awareness and empowerment for self-suficiency; Environmental - because this solutions are for protecting the eco-systems around and to create life with natural knowledge, raising them instead of destroying it
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We believe that if we can create this in its full potential, it will take less years to create impact, because we have already the national communication agencies looking to our work and waiting for our first real work to create even more impact and give sequence to our investigation of last years. We believe also that here in Portugal, as many things are happening and permaculture projects are growing, the network is also created to power even more this kind of solutions that start to be urgent to create, and then replicate easly in other places so we can experience a better future for all