EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org

 
The Services Provided


EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org provides several services to the municipalities and co-stewards part of the organization: 

(A) The Introduction of the Organization to its Beneficiaries;

(B) Financial Advice;

(C) Provision of Training;

(D) Provision of Lodging and Board at an Inexpensive Cost;

(E) Assistance in the Design of the Layout of an Agora;

(F) Ongoing After-Training Co-Steward Service;

(G) Coordination of the Association of a Seed Agora with an Ecosystem Agora;

(H) Lobbying and Coordination for Payment for the Ecosystem Services provided by the Agoras.


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(A) The Introduction of the Organization to its Beneficiaries: EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org approaches villages and towns in rural areas within the Camp de Tarragona (Spain) initially (but intent upon scaling up first within the ‘developed world’) and offers them the opportunity to be recipients of its services. Towns and villages within these areas may also approach EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org and express their willingness to become members of the organization. In such case, EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org explores the viability of either setting up a global agora in the concerned bioregion or matching the interested municipality with an operative ecosystem agora. 

(B) Financial Advice: The human settlements agreeing to be part of EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org usually have enough land available to found an agora. Often, this is in an arid state following the practice of conventional industrial agriculture: it needs capital to be regenerated in the form of an agora. To be sure, the establishment of the agora will always lead to some expenses including building materials for the Agora Meeting Hall, warehouse for the seed bank, sheds, acquisition of draft animals, seeds, seedlings and tools amongst others. EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org explores financial possibilities and provides financial advice to the municipalities part of the organization as to the most advantageous credits and loans. 

(C) Provision of Training: EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org provides the co-stewards dependent upon each municipality with training in the five following directions: regenerative organic agriculture, permaculture design and thus low-tech trades including food-processing, ecological economics, and economic globalization/localization. These five subjects help the co-stewards to set up their agora in a carbon-negative manner, and revive the economic life of the municipality. The training in regenerative organic agriculture, permaculture design and low-tech trades lasts for 8 weeks and can be received in either an ecosystem agora within the same bioregion member of EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org or in the global agora of the bioregion. The training in ecological economics and economic globalization/localization lasts for 4 weeks and is always received in the global agora of the bioregion. 

Regenerative organic agriculture teaches co-stewards how to re-establish the hydraulic and nutrient cycles in their land as well as how to grow food and fibre, and raise livestock, through managed grazing, in a manner that mitigates climate-change and renders farming more resilient to droughts and floods. These functions work towards the food and water security of the area. Subject to the size of the agora, some surplus for sale may also be generated. 

Permaculture design, with many of its principles overlapping with regenerative organic agriculture, is essential in the layout of the different elements within the agora. It helps to build the various facilities on premises harnessing their passive solar potential, ensuring energy efficiency, using nontoxic and local materials. All these functions generate a number of low-tech trades, including food-processing that are learnt as the permaculture principles are being displayed. Knowledge in permaculture design can also assist in the reorganization/re-structuration of some parts of the village/town as its economic life is revitalized as a result of EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org's inputs. 

Co-stewards also receive literacy in economics, not least ecological economics and on globalization. Ecological economics, among others, introduces them to the payment for ecosystem services framework. Knowledge on the many global ecological ills and the great deal of economic devastation for the local communities that follow from economic globalization must also be passed on to the co-stewards. They have to equally be exposed to all those activities –including farmer markets—that strengthen the local economy and thus community.


(D) Provision of Lodging and Board at an Inexpensive Cost: EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org commits to making arrangements so that co-stewards are offered lodging and board at a reasonable cost during the time the training at the global agora takes place. Similarly, EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org makes arrangements so that the ecosystem agoras that provide training in regenerative organic farming, permaculture design and low-tech trades also provide these conditions to the co-stewards during their stay at the agora.   


(E) Assistance in the Design of the Layout of an Agora: although the training offered to the co-stewards related to each agora endows them with the skills to proceed with the layout of their agora, EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org offers assistance with this task. 

(F) Ongoing After-Training Co-Steward Service: Global agoras have an ongoing post-training co-steward service at the disposal of the agoras that are part of the EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org project. These agoras may use this service at any time during the time they are being planned and built and at any time during their functioning.


(G) Coordination of the Association of a Seed Agora with an Ecosystem Agora: EcoPaxMundiAgora.Org works on the principle of solidarity. That is, an agora that is part of the Eco Pax Mundi Agora Network, once it has reached the mature, self-sufficient stage of an ecosystem agora, pledges to pass on the co-stewardship experience to at least one seed agora within the same bioregion. This means that the ecosystem agora has to teach the seed agora regenerative organic agriculture, permaculture design and the low-tech trades practised on premises. The global agoras in each bioregion are in charge of matching seed agoras with an ecosystem agora within the same bioregion and supervise that the training is appropriately conducted. 

 

(H) Lobbying and Coordination for Payment for the Ecosystem Services provided by the Agoras: payment-for-ecosystem schemes have gained prominence over the last few years as a means to encourage nature conservation on private lands. Agoras can turn into conspicuous beneficiaries of these schemes. They could receive funds from public and private bodies on various counts. For example, agoras could be rewarded for meeting certain specified environmental standards, such as eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides in organic agriculture. Agoras could also receive money for increasing the quantity and quality of ecosystems services through ecological restoration. They could be equally paid for the conservation and sustainable management of agricultural landscapes and also for the creation of new carbon sinks (Clean Development Mechanism). They could further receive economic compensation for the preservation and accessibility of genetic diversity provided with the seeds banks and nurseries extant on the agoras.  

The global agoras in each bioregion lobby the regional and national governments so that the municipalities that take part in the project become the recipients of payment for the ecosystem services agoras offer to the area. 

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