Despite the fact that recently there is more mention of Armenia and Armenians, there is no explicit mention that the restored monuments were created by the Armenians except the name of dynasties. Some of these monuments are presented to the world as the heritage of the “Ottoman Empire” or “Anatolian medieval architectural monuments” with no mention of their Armenian origin.
Given the lack of official relations between the two countries, EPF and Anadolu Kültür’s contribution could be instrumental in bringing together art historians and architecture / restoration experts and other relevant specialists from Armenia and Turkey to further support the restoration of Armenian cultural heritage in Turkey.
As part of the activity, a group Armenian architecture experts will visit Turkey and will travel to the eastern part of Turkey, and a group of experts from Turkey will visit Armenia. EPF and Anadolu Kültür will manage the logistics and the programme of the visits, and will make sure that in both Armenia and Turkey the visitors have an opportunity to have meetings and discussions with stakeholders (local and national, state and non-state), as well as site-visits to a number of culturally significant sites.
The exchange will facilitate formal and informal contacts between art historians and architecture experts from Turkey and Armenia, and will create a foundation for proper rehabilitation of Armenian cultural heritage in Turkey.
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.