put into developing the Kerkenes Eco-Center involve the villagers of
Sahmuratli as well as staff and students from METU. The villagers benefit
directly from the results and the project will be a means of spreading,
through an educational institution, knowledge and convictions touching
the important issues of environment and sustainability. The project
also gives to interested staff and students from METU an opportunity
to participate actively in efforts focusing on an environmental friendly
way of life.
At the start of the project the activities chosen to be either priorities
or nucleus activities around which further development can take place
2. Installation of pump and simple drip irrigation system;
3. Reuse of grey water in the garden;
4. Separation of waste for recycling and composting;
5. Use of solar energy for water heating;
6. Purchase of a mud-brick press for improved and stabilized mud bricks;
7. Production of alternative building materials such as mud-bricks,
strawbales and papercrete;
8. Participation of students from METU in building activities and related
9. Involvement of students taking Arch 325 course, 'Architecture in-situ:
Hands on Building';
10. Dissemination of information and results for publication on the
The general aims and objectives of the project concern a wider proposal
which it is hoped can be pursued over the coming three or four years.
The above activities are designed to act as a catalyst and set an example
to be followed by villagers from Sahmuratli and the surrounding region.
The aim and objectives focus on the welfare of the Sahmuratli Village
and provide an opportunity for the development of a viable and sustainable
framework and organization which will allow the activities proposed
to become self-supporting in the long term. Activities will be initiated
by the Kerkenes Eco-Center Project but, once firmly established, it
is anticipated that the Eco-Center would become self-supporting and
largely run by the local contingency.
The first grant for the Kerkenes Eco-Center was awarded by the Australian
Embassy and funded the water coring, grey water and garden activities.
The drip irrigation scheme, including the reuse of grey water, composting,
the wind pump, are all installations chosen to demonstrate the viability
of the proposed activities.
Other activities related to building materials and studies on the environmental
building performance were also initiated through the participation of
METU students and the British Council Partnership grant. Experiments
with alternative building materials and a study of the results will
be the first step in the construction of facilities for the Eco-Center.
Activities will give an opportunity to students to have 'hands on' experience
on which to base their studies.
Finally the Kerkenes Project itself was able to demonstrate that renewable
energy was the way forward by installing the first solar water heater
in the village.