Posted by: EcoPeace Middle East | December 3, 2017

December 1, 2017 – Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter

EcoPeace received much international attention and recognition this past month, winning two prestigious awards, and reaching important audiences worldwide.

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GCSP – Prize for Innovation in Global Security 2017

The Geneva Center for Security Policy awarded EcoPeace Middle East’s Program on GCSP prizeWater Security this year’s Prize for Innovation in Global Security. The prize recognizes deserving individuals or organizations that have an innovative approach to addressing international security challenges. Members of the jury are composed of the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva; Former Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, Head of the Division for Security Policy in the Swiss Directorate of Political Affairs and others.  The jury elected EcoPeace among 115 entrees from 50 countries, noting that environmental security is increasingly crucial in international conflict resolution. EcoPeace launched the Program on Water Security last year to share its successful environmental peacebuilding model to meet the urgent global need for cross-border cooperation to mitigate water conflict and manage shared freshwater ecosystems. Based in Washington DC, the program connects EcoPeace’s experience in the Middle East with the capacity building needs of civil society organizations coping with climate-induced water stress and conflict worldwide.

The Program on Water Security is supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation

Euro Solar Prize 2017

ESP2017_Award WinnerThe European Solar Prize Award is handed out every year to municipalities, organizations, and individuals for extraordinary accomplishments and significant contributions to the use and expansion of renewable energy. EcoPeace’s Water & Energy Nexus project won this year’s prize in the “One World Cooperation” category. The Water- Energy Nexus project seeks to create an Israeli – Palestinian – Jordanian water energy community with healthy resource interdependencies that would enable Jordan, Israel and Palestine to meet their water and energy security needs, and their commitments to developing renewable energy and reducing their emissions. The project includes research into the feasibility of a water energy exchange whereby solar energy, to be harvested in Jordan, would be exported to Israel and Palestine, where it would be used to produce desalinated water, some of which would be exported back to Jordan.

The Water-Energy Nexus project is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation 

TEDx Talk on Water

EcoPeace Middle East’s Israeli Director Gidon Bromberg TEDx Tel Aviv Salon talk on TedXWATER, given during the WATEC Exhibition and Conference in Tel Aviv is now available online and can be seen here. Building on his 23-year experience as co-founder and co-director of EcoPeace Middle East, he addressed issues of water security in the region, highlighting how water diplomacy is fundamental in ensuring equitable access and sustainable use of water resources.

EcoPeace at a Woodrow Wilson Event

EcoPeace was invited to speak at the Woodrow Wilson Center this month in their eventWoodrow WilsonWater Security in the Middle East – Source of Tension or Avenue for Peace?” Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director, and Yana Abu Talab, Jordanian Deputy Director, shared EcoPeace’s experiences on using water diplomacy to improve livelihoods, create healthy interdependencies, and enhance regional stability. The discussion also identified opportunities for progress on water issues within the peace process and the important role of the United States in fostering regional water security and stability.

Water & Energy Nexus study presented in Brussels

EcoPeace Middle East and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung were invited to give a WEN_Brusselspresentation of our Water & Energy Nexus study results at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event “A Water Energy Nexus for the Middle East and the Historic Experience of the European Coal and Steel Community”, underlined the importance and urgency of this project.  MEP Elmar Brok from the European’s People Party called for immediate action, before the window of opportunity closes. Click to hear his full keynote speech, as well as an interview with EcoPeace’s 3 country Directors






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