Odi Ecovillage Living and Learning Center is the first ecovillage developed in Nigeria. It is located in the Niger Delta region in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. It was established in 2005 under the directorship of our partner Gordan Abiama. This Center has promoted and assisted in holistic sustainable community development programs while serving as a point of attraction for the wider society.
Due to unrest and instability in the region, Odi has had to put on hold it's initial program until the area becomes safe again for visitors and locals to use. In the meantime, Gordan Abiama has moved the center to the city of Yenagoa and he continues to promote and educate sustainability using the original objectives of Odi Ecovillage Living and Learning Center. The land is still there and we hope sometime in the near future to re-install our full program as stability strengthens in the region and more funds are available for the proposed projects.
Odi Ecovillage Living and Learning Center began as the Odi Green City Project. The Center is an affiliate of Earth Rights Institute, a US-based member of the EcoEarth Alliance, a worldwide UN NGO Partnership Initiative, and the Henry George Institute of New York, USA. While institutionally based in Odi, Bayelsa State of Nigeria, the Center has built many collaborations with universities around the world. It is an official member of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN).
The Odi Ecovillage Movement was composed of 13 local based environmentalists - all based in Odi supported by a group of high level personalities which form the Internatioal Advisory Council. The Odi LL Center has over the years welcomed technical/financial support from well meaing corporate organizations as well as from members of the Global Ecovillge Network.
Our goal was to create an intentional sustainable community by reversing the gradual disintegration of our supportive socio-cultural structures and the upsurge of destructive environmental practices that threaten to drown us and to uplift our living standard to create a harmonious synthesis between tradition and modernism without endangering nature.
Strategy And Work Plan
There have been numerous training sessions for the local heads of the various commissions highlighted below that happened in the first 3 years of its existance. Due to unrest and instability in the region, Odi has had to be put on hold of it's initial program until the area becomes safe again for visitors and locals to use. In the meantime, Gordan Abiama has moved the center to Yenagoa and continues to promote and educate sustainability and its original objectives of learning.
First Year Work Plan
The first phase of the L and L Centre in the first year did site preparation/landscaping, design and construction of the Ecocentre/ecobuilding. There was a launching event in Odi that had the two ERI co-founders/Executive Directors attended with the International Representative from GEN.
The second year they developed the various commissions to fully operate while focussing on training/capacity building.
Third year, there was a total project evaluation. Progress was made on various levels, including setting up a sustainable building operations and much more.