Gidon Bromberg

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Gidon Bromberg
The three co-directors of Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) at the Jordan River. From left to right: Gidon Bromberg (Israel), Munqeth Mehyar (Jordan), Nader Al-Khateeb (Palestine)

Gidon Bromberg (born November 26, 1963) is the Israeli Director of EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME). FoEME is a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East. It has offices in Amman, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv, employs 40 paid staff and actively involves hundreds of volunteers.

Bromberg founded the organization under the name of EcoPeace in 1994 and has been the Israeli Director ever since. In 1997, he led the entry of the organization into Friends of the Earth International, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the world. He has spearheaded the organization's advocacy campaigns both in Israel and internationally. He developed its particularly notable cross-border community peace-building project "Good Water Neighbors", which is now seen as a model for other programs in conflict areas.

Bromberg speaks regularly on water, peace and security issues in various forums. He has presented before the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament and the advisory meeting to the UN High Level Panel on Security. He is a member of the Israeli Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Future of the Dead Sea, of the Israel UNESCO World Heritage Committee and the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Sustainable Development in Israel. In 2007, Mr. Bromberg was invited to join the EastWest Institute's International Task Force for Preventive Diplomacy. Most recently, he was selected for the 2007 World Fellowship at Yale University on global leadership.

Bromberg is an attorney by profession and previously worked in public interest environmental law. He is a member of the Israel Bar Association. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a law degree from Monash University in Australia. As a fellow of the New Israel Fund, he completed a master's degree in international environmental law at the American University in Washington, D.C. He has published over twenty academic and popular publications concerning Middle East environmental policy and water security issues.

Awards[edit]

FoEME's three co-Directors—Gidon Bromberg (Israel), Munqeth Mehyar (Jordan) and Nader Al-Khateeb (Palestine) -- were honored by TIME Magazine as Heroes of the Environment (2008)[1] and the organization was granted the prestigious Skoll Award in 2009.[2] FoEME also received a 2008 SEED Finalist Award.

Published works[edit]

Op-eds: principal author

FoEME Reports: co-author

For more, see Publications tab on FoEME website

Video[edit]

Gidon Bromberg on the Jordan River Peace Park
Gidon Bromberg - Peace through environmental activism
Gidon Bromberg on the Good Water Neighbors Project
Good Water Neighbors and youth - "Green Mideast Peace"
FoEME Eco-Park in the Zeiglab Basin, Jordan Valley

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Butters, Andrew Lee. "Activists: Gidon Bromberg, Nader Al-Khateeb And Munqeth Mehyar." TIME Magazine - Heroes of the Environment 2008. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1841778_1841781_1841807,00.html
  2. ^ "Skoll Foundation Adds Seven Organizations to its Portfolio of Leading Social Entrepreneurs - $5.35 Million in Unrestricted Grants Will Provide Flexibility in Challenging Economic Environment." Press Release: 12 March 2009. http://www.skollfoundation.org/media/press_releases/internal/031209.asp