Posted by: friendsoftheearthmiddleeast | February 25, 2013

February 2013 – Friends of the Earth Middle East – Environmental Peacemaking Newsletter

The Top 100 NGO's 2013

The Top 100 NGO’s 2013

FoEME Makes the Top 100 NGOs List!

FoEME is honored to have been rated as one of the Top 100 NGOs in the world by The Global Journal for 2013! The Global Journal Top 100 NGOs list is the first comprehensive ranking of organizations operating within the non-profit world.

This year, they considered a pool of approximately 450 NGOs based on three key criteria: impact, innovation, and sustainability. The 2013 list of Top 100 NGOs features organizations from 27 countries that work across a range of sectors.

FoEME received the highest ranking of NGOs based in the Middle East!

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Better Dead than Red

The World Bank recently concluded their Feasibility Study regarding the Red Dead Conduit – and have now publicized Public Hearings to be held in Jordan, Israel and Palestine.

The Red Dead Map

The Red Dead Map

Of great interest to FoEME is the Study of Alternatives. The World Bank Study of Alternatives have stated for the first time what FoEME has been advocating for over a decade – that the Lower Jordan River can be rehabilitated, the Dead Sea stabilized, and sufficient water made available to our respective publics without the risk of undertaking an experiment that constitutes ‘playing God’ by mixing two seas, likely leading to likely irreversible damage to the environment.

Read press coverage on the issue with FoEME’s comments, on our Red Dead / press coverage page

FoEME concerns related to the Red Dead Conduit are supported by the Green Environment Fund.

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5 Cross Border Youth Neighbor’s Visits in one month!

Youth Water Trustees meet

Youth Water Trustees meet

On two weekends in January, FoEME’s ” Good Water Neighbors ” project held 5 cross border neighbor’s visits, where over 110 Youth “Water Trustees” from Jordan, Israel and Palestine met together in different locations, paired according to the project’s partnering communities.

Water Trustees get to know each other

Water Trustees get to know each other

The visits spanned 2 days, packed with a variety of activities such as ‘ice-breakers’ & social games, community presentations, and field trips that combined both education and learning with fun – all camps reported on active and lively atmospheres. Participants learned a lot about their neighbors, their communities’ environmental challenges, and more. It was encouraging to see how in such a short period of time, the youth overcame barriers of language and culture.

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Cross Border Study Tours – Jenin / Gilboa and Emek Hefer / Tulkarem

Good Water Neighbors Study Tours

Good Water Neighbors Study Tours

This month, the ” Good Water Neighbors ” project organized two Study Tours for two sets of partnering communities; Jenin & Gilboa, and Emek Hefer & Tulkarem.

In Jenin and Gilboa, participants learned about the current environmental and wastewater challenges facing both communities, and discussed recent efforts in developing cross border wastewater management for the benefit of both communities. The group, consisting of municipal representatives and the city’s engineer as well as both Israeli and Palestinian community residents, also examined the best possible scenarios for reusing wastewater including providing farmers with treated effluents.

The delegation visits water treatment plants

The delegation visits water treatment plants

The second tour included representatives of the Emek Hefer Regional Council visiting the (currently under construction) West-Nablus Waste Water Treatment Plant, as well as the office and facilities of the solid waste management directorate for the Tulkarem Governorate. This study tour was attended by the Mayor of Emek Hefer Regional Council and his deputy, as well as other members of the council and community representatives. Waste-management and its impact on the Zomer stream, which then flows into Israel as the Alexander stream, was the focus of the day. The delegation was warmly welcomed by its hosts, and impressed by the high level of professionalism and dedication being demonstrated in the management of both solid and liquid waste. It was encouraging to observe the deep understanding by all parties of the trans-boundary nature of our shared environmental resources. A reciprocal visit to Emek Hefer is being planned.

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Save the Date! – February 16th

Come support the women of the Jordan Valley!

Come support the women of the Jordan Valley!

All are invited to SUPPORT THE WOMEN OF THE JORDAN VALLEY!  FoEME is organizing a craft Bazaar to support the women of our 8 Good Water Neighbors communities in Jordan, on Saturday the 16th of February.  The baazar will showcase the many different handmade crafts that the talented women of the Jordanian Jordan Valley are creating.  They include jewelry, soaps and lotions, baked goods, preserves and much more.

 

The event will be held at FoEME’s Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark, Jordan.  Make it a full day of fun for you and your family!   Click here for more information and to REGISTER.

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Walk for Battir!

Participants hike 5km to help protect the landscape of Battir

Participants hike 5km to help protect the landscape of Battir

To support the people of Battir in the protection of the beautiful landscape made up the ancient agricultural terraces, FoEME organized a “Walk for Battir!” event, and invited the Israeli public to support the effort.

Participants hiked 5 km. from the city of Jerusalem, along the ‘Refaim’ stream, to the village of Battir, and received a warm welcome from the local residents. The group then heard detailed explanations about the potential damage the Separation Barrier could have on this unique cultural heritage site. The best way to grasp the uniqueness of Battir is to visit!  Contact us if you’re interested.

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Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark Visitors

Students plant trees at the Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark

Students plant trees at the Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark

Students from the Westmont University visited the Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark this past month, leaving their ecological mark by planting more than 60 trees at the site. They also learned about the water situation in the Middle East, and how FoEME works to advance cross border environmental objectives.To finish off the visit on a wet note, they went on a 3 hour hike and tour around the adjacent Ziglab Dam. Sounds good? We can organize a similar visit for your group too! Contact us via the park’s website .

Click here for press coverage related to FoEME’s Good Water Neighbors project and activities.

The ” Good Water Neighbors ” project is funded by USAID’s Conflict Management and Mitigation program, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the European Union’s Partnership for Peace program and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Jordan River Epiphany celebrations

Jordan River Rehabilitation Project Team joins pilgrims for Epiphany Celebration

Jordan River Rehabilitation Project Team joins pilgrims for Epiphany Celebration

This month FoEME’s Jordan River Rehabilitation Project Team joined pilgrims on the banks of the Lower Jordan River to celebrate the Eastern Orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany. Thousands of Greek Orthodox Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox pilgrims joined a procession to the Kaser el Yehud baptism site near Jericho from January 18-19 to commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

Friends of the Earth Middle East staff were on hand to highlight the need to rehabilitate the river and the huge potential that the river’s rehabilitation has for the region’s tourism and pilgrimage sector. FoEME’s recently conducted Economic Benefits Study of the Lower Jordan River shows that the rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River – while costly – has net positive economic benefits for the region.

For more information please read our Epiphany Day press release . For recent press coverage of FoEME’s Jordan River work including recent articles from National Geographic News Watch and the Jerusalem Post, and a video on Palestinian TV , please visit our Jordan River press page .

FoEME’s Jordan River Rehabilitation Project is supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Global Nature Fund / Ursula Merz Foundation, and the Osprey Foundation.

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Auja Environmental Education Center

Visitors and events continue at full pace in our EcoCenter in Auja. A select few examples include:

Three ‘winter camps‘ for Palestinian youth took place in January for groups of youth, boys and girls, that had them learning how to build with mud bricks, reuse old tires, reuse bottles, and of course, a visit to the Auja spring with a clean-up activity to reinforce the importance of clean water sources.

Palestinian youth learn new skills at Winter Camp

Palestinian youth learn new skills at Winter Camp

Dutch students and Representative Office staff visit the EcoCenter

Dutch students and Representative Office staff visit the EcoCenter

Staff from the Dutch Representative Office in Ramallah together with a foreign delegation from Dutch Universities visited the EcoCenter this month. FoEME arranged for them to meet many professors and teachers from leading Universities in Palestine. Following a presentation about FoEME’s environmental education program at the Center, they explored possible partnerships and synergies between the Universities. They visited the Auja spring, and ended the day with lunch on the roof!

Students embark on a Full Moon Hike

Students embark on a Full Moon Hike

And lastly, a group of students from Westmont College joined one of Auja’s specialties: A Full Moon Night Hike! Beginning at 19:00, the group walked for 4 hours in the valley’s fields, learning about its water challenges, local farming practices, and indigenous plants and animals that inhabit the Jordan Valley. The night continued with a rest, sitting around the fire with the local Bedouins, learning songs and a debka dance.

The Auja Environmental Education Center is supported by the Drosos Foundation.


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