There are also a few (yet growing) number of civil society activists who generate artistically rich and dynamic grassroots movements.
These artists and grassroots activists are well connected to each other via local networks, while some of them are also engaged in cross-border collaboration through different initiatives.
Anadolu Kültür, organising a workshop to bring grassroots activists and experienced artists from the two countries together, aims to set ground to discuss the current problems of both countries and to produce joint projects.
Artists experienced in audiovisual methods, public art, performance art, etc. will give their input to explore the use of various means of arts in civic activism; while grassroots activists, coming from various backgrounds, such as human rights, urban transformation and environment, minority rights, gender, etc. will share their experiences on effective utilisation of artistic forms.
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.