EPF will carry out a Media Bus Tour for a group of eight video and photo journalists, filmmakers and bloggers from Armenia and Turkey.
EPF, in consultation with the other members of the Consortium, will elaborate on the participant selection criteria, build the agenda of the tour and conduct the tour. The selection criteria might include the existence of previous articles or TV reports on Armenia-Turkey relations. Given the size of Turkey, the tour will combine air flights between some of the tour destinations in Turkey with land transportation by bus in other parts of Turkey and Armenia.
The participants will have an opportunity to attend a number of ATNP-related events and activities both in Turkey and Armenia.
The tour will introduce the bus tour participants to the culturally, politically and socially important stakeholders and aspects of the other country, as well as to the activities of the other members of the Consortium and of the EU in Turkey and Armenia in an interrelated, shared and debated manner and environment. As a result of the tour, the participating media professionals (and their media organisations whenever appropriate) from Armenia and Turkey will develop human and professional relations, while each participating media professional will publish a number of print and/or video reports through his/her media outlets or through social networks.
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.