"Resilience is the capacity of a system to continually change and adapt yet remain within critical thresholds"
  • Local food

    Greenhouses prolonging the season, Kovcheg 2014

  • Photo: Anna Denisova

    Workshop in the forest

    Kovcheg, Russia August 9-12th 2014

  • Attention and listening

    Kovcheg Russia August 9-12th 2014

  • REALS Kick Off

    Holma October 7-9th 2013

  • Travel to Arkhangelsk, Russia

    An 18 hours train journey north of Moscow took us to the rural village Siniki

  • Clay

    Finding ways to use local resources

  • Building relations

    What is a resilient community?

  • Natural resources

    Which are our best ways to use local resources?

A short introduction to REALS.

REALS will run during September 2013 – August 2016, where goals are to increase learning, awareness and access to information in relation to sustainable lifestyles, waste reduction and sustainable resource management in Russia, Belarus, Sweden and in the Baltic Sea region. To underpin this, the project aims to generate cross-sector and international networks within the theme of sustainable living. Here it involves different movements as the ecovillage-, the permaculture (permacultureglobal.com)- and the Transition (transitionnetwork.org) movement as well as private and public sectors. Project owner is Permaculture Sweden. Partners are CEMUS at Uppsala University, SLU, Greenelizer (Sweden), the Russian “Ecovillage and Eco-initiative Network REEN, Department of Sustainable Development at the St.Petersburg State University, as well as EcoHome and Ecoproject, voluntary organizations with established networks in the Belarusian Green Movement. REALS is also supported of many Associated Partners. The project will promote the sharing of information between participating countries, especially around the practices and perspectives that highlight local resilience and emphasize the regeneration of the local ecosystem. Expected results are practical thematic workshops, expanded networking and open-source data gained from workshops, research, and other stakeholders.  In addition, the project REALS is contributing to the implementation of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region, under its Horizontal Action “Sustainable Development”