COWAM: Construction Waste Management in Sri Lanka

COWAM (Construction Waste Management in Sri Lanka) is a project within the framework of the EU ASIA PRO ECO II B Post-Tsunami Programme, which started in January 2006 and will run for 3,5 years. The project is led by TuTech Innovation GmbH, Hamburg, and supported by the ZEBAU GmbH, Hamburg.
The project partners in Sri Lanka are the Municipal Council of Galle and the University of Moratuwa.
The main objective of this project is to optimise the sustainable use and management of construction waste in Sri Lanka, focusing on the province of Galle.


5 June 2009 Final COWAM Conference in Galle, Sri Lanka
Urban Development and Sacred Areas Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that this pilot project will be expanded through out the Southern Province.

Roads from Rubble.pdf

COWAM Project Completion in Galle in national media

German expert in Galle

Alexander Wolter stayed in the COWAM Centre in Galle for four weeks in April and May 2009. The engine driver in construction and demolition sector for more than ten years worked hands-on and as a consultant. His duties were (matched with local partners in Galle) work and advice in the following fields: maintenance of machines and equipment, security, organisation and work-flow, use of recycled material.

January 2009: Galle MC uses C&D waste for road construction. The first projects have been realized. More information

The COWAM Centre at work - the Centre is not complete but it is running since October 2008 and recycled material for street construction is being produced! Have a look at some pictures!

NEWS: 10 October 2008 - COWAM Centre Opening Ceremony in Galle!

Dr. Weckbach, German Embassy in Colombo, Deputy head of mission and
Mr. Kalum Senevirathna, Mayor of Galle

More impressions are available here: COWAM Centre

COWAM opening agenda (pdf)

The latest newsletter (pdf)

This project is financed by the EU ASIA PRO ECO II B Post-Tsunami PROGRAMME, an initiative to rehabilitate and reconstruct areas affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami on 26 December 2004.