Scandinavian Model of Wooden Houses for Fethiye and Surroundings
Within the framework of Project for Strengthening the Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in Turkey, locals were asked to make use of sweetgum and pine trees in the Special Environment Protection area of Köyceğiz-Dalyan, and it was proposed to build wooden houses like the ones in Scandinavian countries.
Results of “The Determination of the Sustainable and Environmentally-Friendly Activities in the Project Sites Workshops” held in Akyaka, Muğla in March by Ministry of Environment and Urbanism General Directorate of Natural Heritage Protection and Turkish Delegation of the United Nations Development Programme. The workshops were attended by related Councils in Gökova, Datça-Bozburun, Fethiye-Göcek and Köyceğiz-Dalyan, Cooperatives of Agricultural Development, Maritime Chambers of Commerce, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Chambers of Tradesmen and Artisans, Unions of Tourism Infrastructure Services, Regional Directorate of Forestry Muğla ORKÖY Branch, South Aegean Development Agency, Muğla University, Gökova-Akyaka Lovers Association, representatives of the private sector and representatives of UNDP and Ministry of Environment and Urbanism.
LET SWEETGUM BECOME A BRAND
In the workshop, it was proposed that sweetgum and pine trees that grow in the Special Environment Protection area of Köyceğiz-Dalyan be used by locals. Another notable proposition in parallel to the idea of pine and sweetgum trees was to build wooden houses in the area. In additon to the building of wooden houses similar to the ones in Scandinavian countries, demands to support bird watching tours, nature photography, the sports such as rafting, and developing hiking and biking trails were the emphasized suggestions among meeting participants.
REQUEST FOR “URBAN MUSEUMS” DREW ATTENTION
Other economic activity suggestions put forward in the meeting for the Special Environment Protection area of Köyceğiz-Dalyan were the regulation of amateur and sports fishing activities, promotion of cultural values in the region, development of non-motorized or electric motorized boat tourism, promoting and branding of region-specific olive oil, citrus, and other agricultural products, and the establishment of urban museums in the region.