A group of architects, restoration specialists, historians, ethnographers and art historians from Armenia and Turkey together with the Head of the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) visited Mush city and province to study Armenian cultural heritage and assess Armenian monuments.
The overall goal of the visit was to study Armenian monuments in the Eastern part of Turkey in joint endeavor and provide recommendations for further preservation and conservation.
Twelve experts spent six days from 20-25 October in Mush, Malazgirt, Varto, Norshen and other locations visiting around twenty Armenian monuments including monasteries, churches (both original and converted to mosques), castles, bridges, fountains, watermills and baths.
Basis for further collaboration was laid during the wrap-up meeting and discussion held in Istanbul on October 26 with participation of the experts who participated in the visit and representatives from Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Armenia), Anadolu Kültür (Turkey), Association for Protection of Cultural Heritage (Turkey) and Association of Armenian Architects and Engineers - HAYCAR (Turkey).
Report summarizing the results of study visit will be prepared by the support of the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara to be available for the public in the course of the next several months.
The study visit to Mush was organised by Eurasia Partnership Foundation in Armenia and Anadolu Kültür in Turkey within the framework of the Programme “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process” implemented by a Consortium of eight civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey with the financial assistance of the European Union under the Instrument for Stability.
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.