The “Phrygian Geopark Search Meeting as an Integrated Regional Development Tool” organized in cooperation with the Governorship of Eskişehir and Anadolu University started with the opening ceremony held at Anadolu University Yunus Emre Campus Student Center Foyer and Hall 2016 at 10.00:XNUMX. Eskişehir Governor Erol Ayyıldız, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Nadir Alpaslan, Eskişehir Deputies Prof. Dr. Nabi Avci, Prof. Dr. Emine Nur Gunay, Dr. Jale Nur Süllü, Metin Nurullah Sazak, Anadolu University Rector Prof. Dr. Fuat Erdal, Eskişehir Technical University Rector Tuncay Doğeroğlu, as well as many public administrators, business people, academics and students.
Phrygia constitutes one of the valuable areas of Turkey within the borders of Eskişehir, Afyon and Kütahya provinces, where archaeological traces are most evident in the historical geography region. In this context, according to the study prepared in cooperation with Anadolu University and Bursa, Eskişehir, Bilecik Development Agency (BEBKA), it is determined that the Phrygian Geopark is potentially suitable for the travel motivations of the citizens of many countries. .
Eskişehir Deputy Prof. Dr. Avcı: “I believe that Eskişehir, together with Kütahya and Afyon, will contribute to this project very well”
Eskişehir Deputy Prof. Dr. In his opening speech, Nabi Avcı said, “Our Rector Prof. Dr. Fuat Erdal summed up the framework and purpose of the project very well. I would like to thank our Governor for preparing such a meeting under his auspices. I believe that Eskişehir, together with Kütahya and Afyon, will contribute to this project very well. I would also like to thank our Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Nadir Alparslan for being with us to emphasize his close interest in this issue. I would like to thank our esteemed deputies and especially Emine for their close interest and contribution to our other deputies, as they will reflect their knowledge and experience in rural development to this project. I wish our workshop to be beneficial. I would like to thank our teacher Semra Günay and her team for drawing the framework of such a project. I would like to thank our Provincial Directorate of Culture and Anadolu University Rector for hosting.” made statements.
Rector Erdal: “The Phrygian Geopark project is extremely important for our region and our country”
Anadolu University Rector Prof. Dr. Fuat Erdal gave the following words in his speech: “Welcome to this beautiful meeting of this geography, which has hosted many civilizations throughout history. Phrygian Geopark, Afyon, Kütahya is among the most valuable areas of Turkey, bearing the traces of the archaeological history of civilizations that lived in the Eskişehir region for centuries. As Anadolu University, we wanted to contribute to reviving this common culture. In this region, there are traces of treasures and values of a civilization such as the Phrygian Civilization, which lived on this land for years. This project, which we are considering in order to reveal these values and to introduce these treasures as the common heritage of humanity, has been instrumental in us coming together with other provinces. Our deputies Prof. Dr. Nabi Avcı and Prof. Dr. Emine Nur Günay, as an academician, made a proposal to hold a workshop on behalf of this project, where we could discuss it in detail. It is very valuable to see what our Kütahya and Afyon Provinces have done so far, to listen to what they will share and to talk about what we can do. I hope that this beautiful and meaningful workshop will contribute to the three provinces to act and decide together. In this direction, I wholeheartedly believe that the Phrygian Geopark will be a Unesco registered geopark. I would like to thank our Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Nadir Alpaslan and our Ministry of Culture and Tourism, our valuable deputies, administrators and academics for their contribution. I would like to thank Semra, the masters of ideas behind her, and all the representatives of the three provinces in the organization. I sincerely hope that this workshop will be beneficial for our three provinces and be crowned with a geopark.” said.
prof. Dr. Aktaş: “I would like to thank everyone who supported the Phrygian Geopark project”
Anadolu University Tourism Faculty Lecturer, who gave information about the importance of geoparks in integrated regional development. Member Prof. Dr. Semra Günay Aktaş: “When we said the geopark project, we actually dreamed of a tourism activity that will take place in rural areas and thus regional development with the development of rural areas. With this project, we aim at development that provides a common welfare. Geotourism is a sustainable tourism method. In this sense, various models have been applied in the world, among these models, it is one of the latest models developed for areas open to improvement, and it is also one of the methods that directly combat climate change. I would like to thank everyone who supported this project prepared in this direction.” said.
Dr. Instructor Member Gümüş: “Geoparks have a very good status in terms of international prestige in rural development and tourism.”
Unesco Global Geoparks Member and Turkey Representative Dr. Instructor Erdal Gümüş, a member of the workshop, gave the following words in his speech titled “Geoparks and Unesco Geoparks Network”: “We are in a very important project together with everyone here. Geoparks have a very good status in terms of international prestige in rural development and tourism. In this sense, we can see geopark projects, which also include protection from natural disasters and combating climate change, as an important breakthrough in nature protection.”
After the opening speeches, in the first part of the meeting, the participants, Search Meeting Manager Anadolu University Faculty of Communication Sciences Faculty Member Prof. Dr. They came together in a brainstorming session moderated by Erol Nezih Orhon. The meeting will continue throughout the day with a structured group meeting and a conclusion meeting, after the part where all the participants conveyed their ideas about the Phrygian Geopark area.