The group will travel to different cities and areas in Turkey (including Istanbul, Izmir, Fethiye, Antalya, Cappadocia, Ankara) from 13-19 October and will be travelling in Armenia from 20-26 October (Dilijan, Yerevan, Lake Sevan, Sisian, Garni) preparing video materials, interviews and articles to be published in their home media outlets and/or in social networks.
The purpose of the Tour is to provide an opportunity for journalists and bloggers from Armenia and Turkey to explore the neighbouring country and rediscover their own country which will help them to learn about the other, as well as establish professional connections between media professionals of the two countries.
The Media Bus Tour is organised 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 theEuropean Union under the Instrument for Stability.
Two Media Bus Tours were accomplished in 2011 and 2012 by Media Initiatives Center (former Internews-Armenia) and EPF respectively, and made it possible for journalists and bloggers to travel around Turkey and Armenia, visit historic and cultural sites, meet representatives of the government, civil society, media, academia, and think tanks and hear varying perspectives on Armenia-Turkey normalisation. These Tours offered a unique opportunity for the participating journalists and bloggers to establish human and professional relations amongst each other, to re-explore their own country and learn about the neighbouring country and to better comprehend the hurdles and the nuances associated with the Armenia-Turkey dialogue by meeting people on the ground. It also allowed them to gain a more holistic idea about the diversity of existing views on this issue, and they established a Facebook page that is functional up to date: https://www.facebook.com/groups/138273512963043/ .
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.