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EcoPeace Middle East EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Our primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, we seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region. EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv.

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OVERVIEW

Description

The people and wildlife of our region are dependent on many of the same natural resources. Shared surface and sub-surface freshwater basins, shared seas, common flora and fauna species and a shared air-shed are some of the characteristics that necessitate regional cooperation.

The Jordan River Basin, a major source of freshwater in a water scarce region, the Gulf of Aqaba, a highly sensitive eco-system giving life to arguably the world's most beautiful coral reef, and the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and the world's saltiest non-shallow body of water, are all examples of unique shared eco-systems in the region which necessitate regional cooperation if they are to be preserved.

HOW WE WORK

EcoPeace is a project oriented NGO, using both a “top-down” (advocacy) approach coupled with a “bottom-up” (grass roots / community) strategy that has proven to be a very effective work model.

We approach cross border environment and peacebuilding issues by first developing a regional strategy. We hire local researchers - Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli - to gain a regional understanding as to the root cause of the problem and then develop a common vision as to how we might be able to influence decision makers, the media and the general public. A key to our success has been that once the common vision has been developed, our staff from our respective offices take the same vision and present it to their respective audiences; Palestinian to Palestinian, Jordanian to Jordanian and Israeli to Israeli.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

Program Details

Good Water Neighbors (GWN): The Good Water Neighbors project started in 2001 to raise awareness of and improve the reality of transboundary water resources in the region. EcoPeace works with activists, stakeholders, and local decision makers on environmental education, in training cross-border environmental youth leaders, and, of course, in promoting cross border, community-based solutions to improve the local water reality. The GWN project operates in 24 communities in the region.

Jordan River Rehabilitation (JRR): EcoPeace has undertaken a three-pronged approach to raise awareness about and improve the plight of the Lower Jordan River:runs a faith-based advocacy campaign, is developing a regional master plan for the rehabilitation and development of the Lower Jordan Valley, and is promoting EcoTourism in the region.

Protecting Ground Water (PGW): Through the PGW project, EcoPeace trains municipal staff in technological and administrative skills to increase the institutional capacity needed to solve the common challenges facing the region’s groundwater resources. Projects include courses on mapping technology (specifically Geographic Information Systems [GIS]), wastewater treatment, the safe reuse of treated wastewater, and enforcement of local laws, in addition to monitoring and providing mapped risks to decision makers.

Ecotourism: EcoParks and the Jordan River Peace Park: EcoPeace is invested in preserving ecologically important areas throughout the region and has established three community-based EcoParks: Sharhabil Bin Hassneh in Jordan, Ein Gedi Eco-center in Israel, and the Auja Environmental Education Center in Palestine. These parks serve as models for preserving biodiversity and ecologically important habitats, as well as provide space for environmental education and nature appreciation.

Green Economy Initiatives (GEI): EcoPeace demonstrates the economic opportunities available to local populations from cross-border cooperation, particularly on creative efforts that work to protect the region’s environmental resources. The goal is to create incentives for small business to cooperate and to show that protecting shared environmental resources is an essential component to the region’s economic growth.

Water and the Peace Process ("Water Cannot Wait"): EcoPeace has created a Model Water Accord for a final status water agreement between Israel and Palestine, which meets the needs of both countries and advances a two-state solution.

For more Information

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SUPPORTING VENTURES IN THESE SECTORS

  • Agriculture
  • Civic Participation
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Fair Trade, Organic Products
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Natural Resources / Conservation
  • Peace and Security
  • Sanitation, Waste Management
  • Water

supporting ventures in these regions

  • Middle East / North Africa

TYPES OF COMPANIES ACCEPTED

  • Non-Profit