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[EXP] The village of Wulkow global ecological development strategy

How Ökospeicher village association promotes a model based on renewable energy, organic food, local jobs and services to the inhabitants.

Rural topic(s): Civic engagement, local governance and dialogue, Renewable energy and eco-housing

Type: Success story

Date of writing: June 30, 2010

Author(s) of this page: Titus Bahner

Organization(s): Ökospeicher e.V.


The village of Wulkow (200 inhabitants) in Brandenburg, former East Germany, has opted for a “global ecological development” after the end of socialist times 1990. Driven by the “Ökospeicher” village association and supported by regional authorities for its model approach they developed village renovation, use of renewable energies, treatment of waste water, diversification of agriculture towards organic production and many new jobs. A 200 m2 UFO-looking wooden community centre gives room for seminars. Today, 20 years later, the village keeps attracting young families for its quality of living, good Kindergarden and social life.


Scale of intervention : Local

Keywords: eco-business, locally-based economy, renewable energy, organic farming, diversification of economic activities, job creation, collective approach, solar energy

Places: Germany

Actors: association

Methods: facilitation, meeting, seminar and conference organisation, programme/project management