A group of architects, restoration specialists, historians, ethnographers and art historians from Armenia and Turkey visited the North-East Turkey, the region of Artvin to study Armenian cultural heritage and assess Armenian and non-Muslim historical monuments. The overall goal of the visit was to study Armenian monuments in the Eastern part of Turkey in a joint endeavour of specialists from Armenia and Turkey and provide recommendations for their further preservation and conservation.
The assessment visit to the region of Artvin was organised by Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) in Armenia and Anadolu Kültür (AK) in Turkey within ATNP2 “Exchange of Arts and Architecture experts” activity. Ten experts from Armenia and Turkey spent six days from October 26 to November 1 in the region of Artvin and visited Yusufeli, Shavshat, Ardanuch, Hopa districts assessing overall 21 historical monuments, most of them churches and monasteries (both original and converted to mosques), including the Armenian church of the Tandzut village, Ishkhan and Dort churches, etc.. On the route many castles, bridges and watermills were observed and documented as well.
Representatives from EPF, AK and Association for Protection of Cultural Heritage (Turkey) were accompanying the group of experts during the trip. It is anticipated that the expert group will produce a joint technical assessment report outlining the risks and rehabilitation prospects of the examined monuments. This activity also contributed further to the deepening of the formal and informal relations between art/architecture experts from Turkey and Armenia, building on the achievements of the Mush assessment study of Armenian cultural heritage, which was held in 2014 as a result of joint endeavour and cooperation between EPF and AK within ATNP.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.