Posted by: EcoPeace Middle East | August 9, 2016

August 1st, 2016 – EcoPeace Middle East Environmental Peacemaking Newsletter

EcoPeace’s Marina Djernaes Presents at the UN

On July 14th, our Director of EcoPeace’s Center for Peacebuilding Marina Djernaes, was a panelist at the 2016 UN Conference High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Djernaes focused on the importance of finding joint solutions to cross border problems, stating that even though water is not necessarily the root of conflict, marina at the UN 2conflict impedes states’ ability to advance on many issues such as water. Emphasizing that the environment can become hostage to conflict, Djernaes illustrated EcoPeace’s approach to this problem; by looking at ways to get people to work together to solve shared problems. Djernaes suggested that the UN consider catalyzing this cooperation by helping engage civil society in creating sustainability among environmental, social, and economic areas. Check out the recorded session and photos.

 

Regional Teachers Seminar

Regional Teacher SeminarFrom July 26th to 28th, EcoPeace held its annual Good Water Neighbors Regional Teachers’ Seminar at our Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark in Jordan. During these three days of discussion and interaction, study groups analyzed cross border water issues related to the Dead Sea, Jordan River and Gaza. The group also enjoyed numerous excursions in and around SHE EcoPark. We thank all the teachers and educators for participating!

 

GWN Youth Alumni Graduation

On July 19th, ten Israeli Youth Water Trustee alumni joined together to celebrate graduating from the Good Water Neighbors (GWN) program and to reflect on their past few years’ of involvement. To celebrate, the alumni participated in a team building activityAlumni at the climbing wall in HaYarkon Park, where Israeli Education Coordinator Amy Lipman-Avizohar instructed them to think about all the obstacles they have overcome and achievements they have made as they climbed the tower together. After the fun activities in the park, the group joined Director Gidon Bromberg for a graduation ceremony, where each alumnus discussed what they have gained through participating in the GWN program and received a certificate of appreciation. Congratulations to all!

 

EcoPeace Staff Tour West Nablus Wastewater Treatment Plant

Senior EcoPeace staff from both our Bethlehem and Tel Aviv offices toured the West Nablus WWTPNablus Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) which began operation in 2013. The tour and site operations were fully professional; staff also viewed the next stage of expansion which includes plans for waste water reuse and sewage collection from the neighboring towns. The advancement will help solve environment and water issues in the area.

 

Staff Tour Kishon River Clean-Up Site

Kishon River CleanupOffice Staff from our Tel Aviv office joined our Community Coordinator in the Kishon Basin for a tour of the Kishon River clean-up site in early July. On their visit, they were struck by the incredible amount of pollution on the river floor from decades of oil waste. EcoPeace is excited to see this water source finally being cleaned up and restored to an acceptable ecological status.

 

 

Staff Presentations Everywhere this month!

EcoPeace staff were at a number of conferences this past month!

Jordanian staff member Eshak Alguza’a presented at the second Water, Growth and Stability Conference in Hammemet, Tunisia where participants established a cloud-based Water, Growth and Stability network and public awareness campaign to keep water experts and practitioners in the Middle East and North Africa connected. The EcoPeace delegation also aided in the development of a water action plan for four Jordanian municipalities present at the conference and strengthened ties wiEshak in Tunisiath colleagues at the Prince Bassma Bint El Hussien community center in South Shouneh.

 

Israeli staff member Shelley Lev-Sherman gave a presentation about EcoPeace’s model farm project at Tel Aviv University’s third annual Israel, Sustainable Agriculture and the Developing World Workshop. This workshop brought together experts in the field of sustainable agriculture to discuss current technologies and potential areas for future activity. Shelley introduced EcoPeace’s model farm concept, which encourages cross-border cooperation by serving as a center for research and knowledge exchange related to crop selection and agricultural processing methods such as irrigation, fertilization and plant protection.

 

Palestinian staff member Malek Abualfailat participated in the Mediterranean Youth Climate Forum (MYCF) and MEDCOP22 in Tangiers, Morocco where he represented EcoPeace by conveying the organization’s messages and becoming a partner of a new network called the Mediterranean Youth Climate Network (MYCN). EcoPeace is excited to be a partner in this new network that will be based in Morocco and promote climate change adaptation.

EcoPeace’s Good Water Neighbors project is supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

 


 

Jordanian, Palestinian, Israeli Youth go to Berlin!

EcoPeace’s delegation to the Berlin River Camp 2016 was a huge success. Our team included nine Palestinians, Jordanians, and Israelis who travelled to Berlin for a week-long youth conference discussing water issues in Europe and the Middle East. The group gave a presentation and showed a video at the German Parliament about our Jordan River Parliament_Grouprehabilitation campaign. Both the parliament members and participants from other countries were impressed by the presentation and EcoPeace’s “shared water as a shared interest” concept which advocates for cooperative efforts on water issues. The team also participated in different educational activities such as testing local water sources for pollutants, a “Big Jump” into the Spree River, and discussions about water issues with students at a local German-French school.

 

Save the Date: August 28th at World Water Week!

SIWI WWWEcoPeace Middle East, together with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), will present our Regional NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley as well as a financing model designed to host a wide range of investments – at a side event during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. For more details, click here. If you plan to be there, plan to attend!

EcoPeace’s Jordan River Rehabilitation Project, including faith-based activities, are supported by the Swedish International Development Agency and the Osprey Foundation.


EcoPeace Joins the Peace NGO Forum in Ramallah

EcoPeace staff joined the Peace NGO Forum in a meeting with Mohammed Madani, the Peace NGO Forum MeetingHead of the Palestinian Civil Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society. The Committee meets with local Israeli politicians, academics, journalists, and citizens to explain the PLO’s position and engage potential partners for peace.  The Forum promotes ongoing cooperation and interaction between Palestinian and Israeli Peace non-governmental organizations. Both the EcoPeace Palestinian Director and EcoPeace Israeli Director are current board members for Peace NGO Forum Palestine and Israel.

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