A previous report prepared by TEPAV ‘Strengthening Connections and Business Synergies Between Turkey and Armenia’ identified Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and tourism as target sectors for cross-border economic cooperation. The context of this study, under the “the Support to Armenia Turkey Normalization Process” programme funded by European Union, is to go deeper into the role of tourism as a springboard to mutual economic collaboration between Armenia and Turkey.
Extensive desk research and field trips that included interviews with prominent stakeholders were made in order to dig deeper into the subject. In this sense the tourism potential of North East Anatolia, specifically Kars province was investigated. This investigation was set on two aspects: i)solo potential of Kars as a tourism destination and potential of Kars as a tourism destination integrated with South Caucasus and Armenia. It is believed that the most important leverage for the further development of tourism in the region is the achievements in normalization process between Armenia and Turkey. This puts tourism as a mutually beneficial cooperation opportunity where it is both a facilitator of normalization and one of the mostimportant prizes of the normalization process itself. The paper presents this fact and puts forward prominent policy objectives for Kars tourism and its integration to the region.
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.