ECOVAST, the European Council for the Village and Small Town, was set up in 1984 to further the well-being of rural communities, and the safeguarding of the rural heritage, throughout Europe. Its formal aims are:

  • to foster the economic, social and cultural vitality and the administrative identity of rural communities throughout Europe; and
  • to safeguard, and to promote the sensitive and imaginative renewal of, the built and natural environments of such communities.