Over the course of the ATNP project, the realities in Turkey and around Turkey started quickly changing. In recent months and days, the change is very fast and in unpredictable and less tolerant directions. As a result, efforts to understand better what is going on in and around Turkey are essential.
Currently, there is a new factor that must be addressed: for Armenians the issue of Armenia-Turkey relations is of paramount importance. The recent political developments in Turkey demonstrate that for Turkey, the same is not true. Understanding that difference is important for Armenians to better plan and implement the interaction with counterparts in Turkey.
The activity will consist of a series of media reports that will focus on understanding what is happening in Turkey in order to better understand how to move forward. Also, the discourse in Turkey must reach a broader audience, especially in Armenia, in order to break stereotypes.
The activity includes interviews and weekly round-ups. Materials will be distributed in Armenia through Civilitas Foundation (CF) supported media (CivilNet.am). Agos newspaper (Turkey) will cooperate to provide context and editorial guidance. Periodically, some Armenia-based pieces will be offered in Turkish to Agos or other Turkey-based media.
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.