So to answer the question: What is an EcoVillage?
We can only say that there is no existing "prototype" yet that has set a standard that can be applied to the term - but there are many developing and existing communities that use the term to describe themselves.
There is ONE community though that is pioneering a "Low Impact Development" in Pembrokeshire Wales - United Kingdom - who is setting the precedent and standard for the term:
The LAMMAS EcoVillage
Lammas recently attained planning permission to build an EcoVillage in Wales which combines the traditional smallholding model with the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permaculture.
The proposal is for a new settlement of 9 eco-smallholdings, a campsite and a community hub building. It is sited on 76 acres of mixed pasture and woodland next to the village of Glandwr, Pembrokeshire.
Construction began in the autumn of 2009.
You can contribute to the success of Lammas EcoVillage in many ways - please visit their website to learn more and join Lammas in sustainable solidarity and interdependence to help build the first EcoVillage to go through the UK's planning process!