With the help of Consortium partners, EPF will approach a few major Turkish media suggesting them to use the opportunity of the trip. EPF will select participants from those who express interest. Logistics will be taken care of by EPF.
The travel costs of the visiting crews will be paid only, but not air time or honoraria.
The visits will be tailored to major news occasions, such as April 24, Armenia Independence Day, or others, thus encouraging major media outlets from Turkey to focus on the wide spectrum of Armenia-Turkey relations in their video and print media reports, and ensuring a rapid response by Turkish media to media opportunities in Armenia. Also, the visits will facilitate discussions between the participating Turkish journalists with their Armenian counterparts, as well as with Armenian experts and opinion-makers, and decision-makers provided the political environment is conducive.
As a result of the media crew visits, considerable audiences in Turkey will be able to increase their awareness of modern Armenia and Armenians, as well as will inform the Armenia audience of the position and views of progressively-minded media professionals from 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.