Local solutions for climate change

Supporting ‘transition’ in Europe’s rural communities

We will examine the opportunities for and examples of community-led climate action in Europe. Presentations look at active examples, support systems and links to the current and emerging policy framework (inc. Smart Villages). The workshop will consider options to co-create a framework to support ‘transition’ in Europe’s rural communities. This will be done in an interactive session to explore needs at different levels – EU, national and local, in order to create a comprehensive support framework; and also to look at how the ERP and ECOLISE could work together to meet these needs and create such a support framework. This will also consider existing methodologies and support frameworks.

Leader / Speaker

Eamon O’Hara (Executive Director, ECOLISE): Eamon initiated and co-founded ECOLISE. He has been managing EU projects and initiatives on local development and the environment since 1994, both in Ireland, where he worked as a LAG manager, and in Brussels, with AEIDL and the European LEADER Observatory. From 2007-2010 he led the external communications team for the EU LIFE programme, and since 2010 he has focused his attentions on supporting bottom-up, community-led action on climate change and sustainability in Europe, primarily through his work with ECOLISE. Eamon holds a bachelors degree in environmental science, a masters degree in climate change and sustainable development and post-graduate qualifications in business administration, project management and rural development. He now lives in rural France.


Since 1997 Davie Philip has been active in Ireland promoting sustainability by delivering events and training programmes for communities. He currently facilitates groups working on collaborative approaches to help their localities respond to climate and sustainability challenges with Cultivate, the Sustainable Ireland Cooperative that he co-founded in 2000, www.cultivate.ie In 1999 Davie was a co-founder of Sustainable Projects Ireland Ltd. the company behind the ecovillage project in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary where he is now based. Cloughjordan Ecovillage is a neighbourhood of 100 adults and 35 children living in 55 low-energy homes on a 22 hectare site adjacent to the Irish rural town of Cloughjordan, www.thevillage.ie In 2005 Davie was one of the original catalysts of the Transition Towns process. From 2009 to 2011 he sat on the board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and is currently the chair of Cloughjordan Community Farm, Ireland’s largest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) initiative. He is a community catalyst for the GROW OBSERVATORY, a European funded citizen science project on soil, https://growobservatory.org/, and has sat on the Council of ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability for 4 years, and in April 2019 was elected as a co-president, www.ecolise.eu