EcoPeace Middle East

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EcoPeace Middle East
Founded 1994
Location
Key people
Munqeth Mehyar (Chairperson and Jordanian Director), Gidon Bromberg (Israeli Director), Nader Al-Khateeb (Palestinian Director)
Employees
40
Website Ecopeaceme.org
Formerly called
Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME)
The three co-directors of EcoPeace Middle East at the Jordan River. From left to right: Gidon Bromberg (Israel), Munqeth Mehyar (Jordan), Nader Al-Khateeb (Palestine)
Environmental peacemakers on the Jordan River. Center: Gidon Bromberg

EcoPeace Middle East (formerly known as Friends of the Earth Middle East/FoEME) is an organization active in environmental peacemaking in the Middle East.

Description[edit]

The people and wildlife of the 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. As a tri-lateral organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists, its primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect a shared environmental heritage. EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv, employs 40 paid staff and actively involves hundreds of volunteers.

Actions[edit]

EcoPeace publishes scientific and social research, spearheads national-level advocacy campaigns and engages in grassroots community development.

One of EcoPeace's major efforts is a regional advocacy project to promote discussion and sharing of water resources. Its efforts are focused on the rehabilitation of the Jordan River, Dead Sea, Mountain and Coastal Aquifers and fostering awareness about the regional impact of climate change. EcoPeace's focal program, the Good Water Neighbors project, engages residents of all ages, mayors and municipal representatives in twenty five communities throughout Israel, Palestine and Jordan in a united effort to rehabilitate the regions' shared water resources.

EcoPeace has taken a leading role in calling for action to save the Dead Sea, which may be in danger of drying up due to some environmental factors.[1] Various groups and government officials from several countries say that a pipeline from the Red Sea is needed to save the Dead Sea.[1] In June 2009, after a meeting with World Bank President Robert Zoellick, the Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister, Silvan Shalom, announced a pilot project to build a "pilot" pipe 180km long from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea. The pipe would pump 200 million cubic meters per year. Half of this would be desalinated for Jordanian consumption and half put into the Dead Sea.[2] Some experts questioned this project. Hebrew University of Jerusalem Prof. Avner Adin said more studies were needed on the potential environmental impact.[3][4]

Awards[edit]

  • Heroes of the Environment 2008 by Time magazine to EcoPeace's three co-directors: Gidon Bromberg (Israel), Munqeth Mehyar (Jordan) and Nader Al-Khateeb (Palestine)[5]
  • Skoll Award in 2009.[6]
  • 2008 SEED Finalist Award
  • Green Globe Award 2010 for the best Environmental Education project for its Good Water Neighbors project
  • Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment.[7]
  • Outstanding Leadership Award 2011 by the International Development Committee (IDC) of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • Mount Zion Award for having significantly contributed to the understanding of the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in Israel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dead Sea needs world help to stay alive by Ahmad Khatib, Agence france presse, 11/25/09.[dead link]
  2. ^ Jpost article on Silvan Shalom announcement, jpost.com, 6/28/09.[dead link]
  3. ^ Water expert: Red-Dead 'pilot' project could be premature, By EHUD ZION WALDOKS, Jun 28, 2009.[dead link]
  4. ^ Jerusalem Post editorial, June 28, 2009[dead link]
  5. ^ Andrew Lee Butters (24 September 2008). "Gidon Bromberg, Nader Al-Khateeb And Munqeth Mehyar". time.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Press Release: 12 March 2009. "Skoll Foundation Adds Seven Organizations to its Portfolio of Leading Social Entrepreneurs". Skollfoundation. 12 March 2009. Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Aristotle Onassis International Prize for the Protection of the Environment 2010 is awarded to "Friends of the Earth Middle East"". 1888pressrelease.com. 3 November 2010. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. 

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