updated January 2017

The 2016 General Assembly was held in Marburg, Germany. The International Committee met beforehand. The Assembly marked 32 years since our founding which took place at Belinhausen near Marburg in 1984 and we visited the village on our tour. We spent useful time debating the possible future of ECOVAST and all expressed our disappointment over the last few years on the lack of people able to come to meetings although the reasons are perfectly understandable during this great European recession that goes back to 2008. However we also do not receive reports from many of our National Sections who are representing ECOVAST in their own countries. Any study of our history will reveal just how remarkable our organisation has been and the variety of issues we have been involved in. Despite our worries there was enthusiasm at Marburg for us to continue and try to revive our efforts. The International Committee has set itself the task to re-examine how we and the National Sections work and are developing a plan of campaign.

Edmund Neville-Rolfe passed away on 3 February 2015 aged 94. Edmund - over many years - made a great contribution to ECOVAST and was more recently an Honorary Member.
ECOVAST was 30 years old in 2014. A report on the 10 years from 2004 may be downloaded from here.
Valerie Carter made a presentation in Athens on Cultural Landscapes in 2014. A PDF may be downloaded from here.

Please note that this a large document of 12.3 MB
At the ECOVAST International Committee meeting in the UK in May 2014 the 30th birthday of ECOVAST was celebrated (founded in 1984 in Germany) and agreed to prepare a leaflet which would list the things we had been doing during the last 10 years. This leaflet has now been produced, printed and sent around to many people and organisations. It may be downloaded from here.
A final report of the ASSET Project to influence across Europe the "Importance of Small Towns" has been distributed widely in January 2015. The report may be downloaded from here.
Ralf Bokermann of ECOVAST Germany has produced a short paper on the subject of "Adaptation of existing building stock with declining population". The paper may be downloaded from here.

THE EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THE PROGRAMME COUNCIL OF THE ECONOMIC FORUM IN KRAKOV, POLAND: 4-5th May 2015 Conference Theme: Europe of the Regions; Starting a New Chapter Invitees: Local politicians with representatives of governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations A PAPER PREPARED BY Valerie Carter, President of ECOVAST for PRESENTATION TO THE DISCUSSION PANEL: "The Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 - Who Will Gain and Who Will Lose" may be downloaded from here

RURAL DEVELOPMENT: Common Agricultural Policy Reform
ECOVAST engages in the European Commission debates.
See more information here.


ECOVAST UK also provides information at:


ECOVAST c/o Mrs Valerie CARTER (President)
“Sherborne”, Ingleden Park Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6NS, UK
(Tel +44 1580 762379 E mail valeriecarter@ecovast.org)