Ecolive transnational meeting was held in İzmir on 19th June 2018.
Project partners made a visit to an organic olive oil farm run by a local producer in Urla, İzmir. They tasted the local olive oil varieties of the Aegean region and they received information about the production techniques used in Turkey. Than, the project team had a chance to learn about the history of olive oil production in Turkey in the olive oil museum.
Main subjects of the meeting are evaluation of the dissemination plan on training of trainers and learning courses, the e-learning platform in order to improve it better and final tasks and liabilities as the project will be finalized in August.
Final conference of the Ecolive Project was organized in İzmir on 20th June 2018.
National and international experts, producers and academicians shared their ideas and experiences during the full-day conference. The event held great attention with a large number of participants coming from the Aegean region, which is famous for organic olive oil production.
First, Uygun Aksoy from ABIGEM made an opening speech, welcomed the participants and explained the general aims and objectives of the project. Kostas Diamantis from Action Synergy, Greece gave a short brief about e-learning, summarized the training modules and introduced the platform. Emre Bilen from Atatürk Yalova Central Horticultural Research Institute gave specific information on organic olive production in the World and in Turkey. Francesco Scollo from Svimed, Italy explained organic olive orchard management and local varieties. Ümmühan Tibet from National Olive and Olive Oil Council of Turkey explained olive oil quality. Giorgos Diamantis from Action Synergy, Greece talked about Greek organic olive oil exports. Doğan İncesulu from MAKRO Consult informed the participants about olive oil export potential and gave recommendations to the producers regarding the export strategies. Mustafa Fatih Bakır from Permaculture Research Institute Turkey gave information about permaculture practice. Finally, best practice cases from Sicily, Turkey, Cyprus and Greece were shared with the participants.
The conference was successfully closed after the evaluations and questions of the participants. Overall, the feedback of the participants was very positive, especially for the organic olive oil producers who had a chance to network with international producers and experts in order to exchange ideas and change experiences with each other.