MISSION, VALUES & AIMS
The initial seeds of Zeytince Association for supporting and enhancing ecological living were first sown in 2013, during the discussions and endevours of some academicians and Phd studens from varous fields at Ege University in İzmir Turkey.
Zeytince Association was formally established on February 2014 in İzmir. We have recently founded the Olive Academy (Zeytin Okulu) at İnecik Karaburun with the support from İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and Karaburun Municipality. Olive Academy, started its activities in May 2017.
Since then, our mission has been to contribute to a livable life where humans embrace nature as a whole, respect all other forms of life on earth and live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature .
Our aim is to undertake scientific, practical and field activities in order to contribute to enhancing sustainable lives at all fronts, What we understand from sustainable lives is; harmony, peace and integration, with ourselves; with other people, and the society and with the environment as well.
To this end our principles and values are:
Enhancing Ecological Knowledge: Zeytince seeks to create ecological knowledge, consciousness and awareness on an individual and social basis and to offer solutions with respect to conservation and enhancement of natural, cultural and historical riches and
Multidisciplinary and holistic Approach: Multidisciplinary approach encompasses disciples ranging from economics to ecology, philosophy and psychology to arts and medicine and engineering. Through multidisciplinary work, we gain the ability of understanding phenomenon in an holistic manner. Therefore Zeytince in all its works, embraces different forms of knowledge and integrates positive scientific knowledge with arts as well as indigenous and other forms of knowledge.
Uniqueness: We believe that every human being and every culture, society as well as nature, should be treated and understood as unique. That these should be valued in their own rights and hence should be respected, protected and enhanced.
Plurality & Dialogue: Plurality is, simply the fact that one is born into a world populated by other people who are different from oneself and who one has to come to terms with. Plurality requires interaction, communication and continous dialogue, so that a shared life with others becomes possible. Therefore we problematize relations based on competition, domination and gaining arbitrary control and power over others or over the nature.
Collaboration, Networking and Voluntarism : Zeytince takes great opportunity to learn from each other as we seek to support national and international links and collaboration with other ecological associations and
Cultural Diversity: Zeytince opposes any form of discrimination based on nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, language, or religious beliefs. We consider cultural diversity as very valuable Zeytince Association is open to people from any background.
WHAT WE DO: Our Objectives
Olive Academy’s objectives embraces two main pillars.
1. We act as a Place of Resort and an Advise Center for the guests and visitors of the Ephesus-Mimas Road created by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality.
The Ephesus – Mimas Road is part of the İzmir-Peninsula Sustainable Progress Strategy: which was initiated in 2008 by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality with the cooperation and support of of İzmir Development Agency (IZKA), İzmir Institute of Technology, Ege University and 9 Eylül University. It encompasses Karaburun, Çeşme, Urla, Seferihisar and Güzelbahçe districts. The strategy aimed for the sustainable local development of the Peninsula and to enhance the natural,cultural historical heritage of the region.
The Ephesus – Mimas Road is the common name for the routes;
Olive Grove Route
that trace history and culture on the Peninsula, The routes embrace all the natural, historical and cultural riches on this course. The routes can be seen by visitors through trekking, cycling or by car.
OLIVE GROVE ROUTE :
The journey of the olive route goes through Güzelbahçe, Çeşme, Seferihisar, Menderes and Selçuk districts . The route was realized through the labors of the representatives of Zeytince Association in the area. Zeytince Assocciation through its journeys around 75 villages in the districts, located the monumental olive trees, olive oil workshops, water springs, olive oil factories, observation terraces, olive press locations, rocks used for olive oil production, camping sites, wells, windmills and watermills.
The olive route is being connected to DELICE Network of Gourmet Cities, of which İzmir is a member. With the membership realized in cooperation by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and İzmir Chamber of Commerce in January 2015, İzmir, and therefore the Peninsula region, has become a part of the gastronomy tourism route.
The route is being connected to DELICE Network of Gourmet Cities, of which İzmir is a member. With the membership realized in cooperation by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and İzmir Chamber of Commerce in January 2015, İzmir, and therefore the Peninsula region, has become a part of the gastronomy tourism route.
2. Olive Academy is also a Science, Knowledge and Training Center.
As such the Academy seeks to conduct scientific research and training activities not only on olive and olive products but also on various topics covering ecology society, economy, philosophy, culture and arts in order to contribute to the design and creation of intellectual knowledge on ecology and ecological literacy; Moreover, through the training activities, Olive Academy aims to contribute to the conservation and enhancement of natural, cultural and historical riches in the Karaburun Region. Trough our training acitivites we aslo seek to contribute to the generation of employement and income opportunities for the local people, especially youth and women.
We have been undertaking a wide range of activities relating to our main objectives: including
A) Training and Scientific Activities
Conduct scientific research so as to contribute to ecological science and knowledge and also provide solutions to enhancement of ecological living.
Provide training courses and activities with regards production, consumption and marketing of the local products .
The training courses aim to support the development of qualified workforce of the Karaburun region , especially for the youth and women who make their living on tourism and agriculture.
B) Workshop and Seminar Activities
Our workshops are planned on various themes ranging from organic and nonorganic agriculture, ecology, philosophy, sustainable development, art, tourism, health, astronomy, photography etc.
We hope that these workshop and seminar activites will contribute not only to raising awareness but also to the preservation and enhancement of the natural, historical, cultural and agro-industrial heritages of Karaburun region.
Through the national and internationa workshops we strive to support the integration of Karaburun Peninsula to international ecological and eco- tourism networks.
C) Social Activities
Our social activates encompass harvest festivals; visits to monumental olive trees , traditional olive press factories, thematic markets, etc, .We hope that such social activities will enhance the visibility and attraction of the various routes at Ephesus Mimas Road.
TARGET GROUPS OF OUR ACTIVITIES
Inhabitants of the Karaburun peninsula, especially young people and women,
National and international visitors of Ephesus – Mimas Cultural Route and Olive Route,
Students (from all education levels),
Cooperatives; olive producers, local producers, non-governmental organizations, professional chambers,
Academicians, researchers and experts from within and outside the country, institution representatives,
People who desire to participate in training and promotional activities.