One of the Objectives of GLOFEX is to promote the establishment of eco-communities across Africa:
What are Eco-Communities:
Eco-Communities are communities of people who strive to lead a sustainable lifestyle in harmony with each other, other living beings and the Earth. The purpose is to combine a supportive social- cultural, environment with a low impact lifestyle. Before the colonial days many African communities where eco-communities. It actually took a village or a community to raise a child. With colonial take over of our communities and so call westernization, many communities across Africa are quickly losing this purely human value and developing into Urban Jungles !!!!
There must therefore, be a new social structure within African eco-communities that goes beyond the dictionary of Urban Vs Rural Settlements. This is what I call the Rural-Urban Nexus (RUN,) where rural and urban communities engage in meaningful collaboration and partnership to build a resilient society.
Hence African Eco-communities must represent a widely applicable model of planning and re-organization of human settlements in the Continent of Africa for the 21st Century- It must take the efforts of every stakeholder to achieve this!!!!!!