ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, is a coalition of national and international networks of community-led initiatives on sustainability and climate change, as well as organisations that support a community-led transition to a resilient Europe. It was founded in 2014.
The members of ECOLISE include international networks of community-based initiatives such as the Transition Network (representing over 1200 Transition initiatives), the Global Ecovillage Network (15,000 ecovillages), the Permaculture movement (3 million practitioners globally) and ICLEI, the association of local governments for sustainability; national and regional networks; and other specialist bodies engaged in European-level research, training and communications to support community-led action on climate change and sustainability.
By bringing these organisations together, ECOLISE seeks to establish a common, Europe-wide agenda and a platform for collective action. ECOLISE is registered as an international non-profit association under Belgian law (AISBL). It has 38 member organisations, registered as legal entities in 17 different EU member states and Switzerland. The activities of the members extend to all EU member states, as well as internationally.
The organisation comprises a general assembly, which meets annually and sets overall strategy; a council (currently 11 members) and presidency, which are elected for a two year term and oversee the implementation of the ECOLISE strategy; an executive board, comprising the president, vice president and executive director; and a secretariat, which includes the executive director, three thematic coordinators and two research advisers.
The work of the council and secretariat is also supported by a number of working groups, focusing on: policy development; communications; knowledge and learning, and resource mobilisation and outreach. The working groups include council members, representatives of other member organisations and, where relevant, experts drawn from outside the network.