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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter February 2019

EcoPeace in the News After a tour around the Sea of Galilea and the Jordan River with EcoPeace, The Guardian published an in-depth article this month on how ongoing conflict and drought have led to the dire situation of the Sea of Galilea and the Jordan River. EcoPeace was quoted in the article and we […]

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Amman launches Green City Action Plan, becoming first in region to do so – Jordan Times

MMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Monday inaugurated the Amman Green City Action Plan (GCAP), making the city one of 20 worldwide now taking part in the greening project. Amman is the first city in the southern and eastern Mediterranean to sign up for the EBRD Green Cities project, according […]

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Aqaba forestation project finds support at London initiative – Jordan Times

By Jassar Al Tahat – Mar 02,2019 AMMAN — The Sahara Forest Project (SFP), Bellona Foundation and Ernst & Young (EY) signed a new partnership agreement during the London initiative to boost climate-smart food production and a desert greening project in Jordan using sunlight and seawater. “We are proud to be invited to this important […]

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Record number of sea turtles hatch in Israel, showing success of rescue efforts – Haaretz

13,000 sea turtle eggs hatched in 2018, breaking a record Zafrir Rinat | Feb. 24, 2019 13,000 sea turtles hatched along Israel’s coastline in 2018, making it a record-breaking year for the reptile’s reproduction in the country. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority’s Sea Turtle Rescue Center, whose employees collect eggs laid on the beach […]

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Climate change, conflict: Strategic risks for 2019 – Arab Federation for Environment and Development

Amal Al Mosharrafieh 11/02/2019 Climate-fueled security risks will overwhelm the Middle East in 2019, while enmity and hostility rather than unity will characterize Europe; the U.S. will tumble in its war on terrorism, and an unsustainable future will daunt Russia. These are some of the global security challenges anticipated in a report entitled “Strategic Outlook […]

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Hurricanes to Slam Mediterranean as Global Warming Ramps Up – Haaretz

Storms in the Mediterranean basin will be rarer but stronger as the effects of warming become more severe, a new study predicts Ruth Schuster | Feb. 19, 2019 | 2:39 PM When the 21st century winds down and the world warms, storms in the Mediterranean basin are going to become less frequent — but also […]

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Under Israeli occupation, water is a luxury – Haaretz

Of all the methods Israel uses to expel Palestinians from their land, the deprivation of water is the most cruel. And so the Palestinians are forced to buy water that Israel stole from them Amira Hass | Feb. 24, 2019 | 9:45 PM | 2 When I wrote my questions and asked the spokesperson’s office […]

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Editorial: Give Them Water – Haaretz

Israel must abide by international law, respect the principles of justice and equality and connect the villages in the Masafer Yatta area to the water infrastructure Haaretz Editorial | Feb. 24, 2019 | 2:37 AM | 3 On February 13, the Israel Defense Forces’ Civil Administration demolished a network of water lines that provided water […]

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Japan funds electricity, water rehabilitation projects in West Bank – WAFA

RAMALLAH, Monday, February 25, 2019 (WAFA) – Japan’s Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine Takeshi Okubo signed Sunday grant contracts for three electricity and water rehabilitation projects across the West Bank. The Representative Office of Japan to Palestine said in a press release that Okubo signed grant contracts for two Grassroots […]

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Report: Russia Offers to Build Power Plant in Lebanon – Naharnet

Lebanon’s problematic electricity file is one of the government’s focal issues amid reports claiming that a Russian proposal to build a power plant could end the suffering of Lebanese, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday. Ministerial sources told the daily, the government is keen on finding a permanent solution and that Lebanon’s various political parties have […]

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Minister Says Metn Foul Odors Problem to End in 3 Days – Naharnet

Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati announced Monday that the problem of the foul odors emanating from the Bourj Hammoud garbage landfill will end in three days. The minister “communicated with the contractor in charge of the Bourj Hammoud landfill after the Environment Ministry received complaints about the spread of odors in the towns of Northern Metn’s […]

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The battle over Tel Aviv’s last green belt – YNET

Local residents are furious at Israel Land Authority plan to build thousands of homes on site of one of Gush Dan region’s unique green lungs, which would destroy the habitat of local wildlife, including rabbits, hedgehogs and even an endangered newt. Ilana Curiel and Gilad Carmeli|Published: 02.25.19 Israel Land Authority is promoting a plan to […]

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Israel Land Authority Promoting Construction on Vital Route for Wildlife – Haaretz

Slated development would shrink width of ecological corridor, essential for passage of gazelles and roe deer, to just 50 meters Zafrir Rinat Feb 10, 2019 The Israel Lands Authority is promoting construction in an area on the slopes of Mount Carmel that is an essential for wildlife, including gazelles and roe deer. According to the […]

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Scientists Surveyed Eilat’s Seabed, and Found More Than Expected – Haaretz

Besides a surprising diversity of marine life, scientists stumbled upon impressive amounts of garbage – from fishing nets to beach chairs By Zafrir Rinat Feb 13, 2019 see Haaretz website for pictures! https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-scientists-surveyed-eilat-s-seabed-and-found-more-than-expected-1.6934906 The first-ever zoological survey conducted in the depths of the Gulf of Aqaba by Eilat this January found a greater diversity of […]

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Gaza to get recycling plant on site of former settlements – YNET

After almost clashing with Hamas over expanding garbage mountain near border, Israel approves construction of recycling facility where Gush Katif settlement bloc once stood. Matan Tzuri|Published: 01.29.19 The Gaza Strip is to receive its first-ever waste recycling facility, which will be situated on the ruins of Gush Katif, the Israeli settlement bloc evacuated in the […]

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UAE’s corals suffer ‘catastrophic’ damage in record summer heat – Environment and Development

Scientists fear the future of the UAE’s reefs is in doubt after research found rising temperatures killed almost three quarters of Abu Dhabi’s coral. Record temperatures in the summer of 2017 left more than 90 per cent of Abu Dhabi’s coral cover bleached and struggling to survive, New York University Abu Dhabi found. Dr John […]

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Israeli scientists say Gulf of Aqaba corals can survive climate change – Jerusalem Post

By YAFIT OVADIA 01/31/2019 Israeli researchers were able to recreate water conditions at a hi-tech aquarium facility in Eilat, imitating oceanic conditions. Gulf of Aqaba corals can adjust themselves to climate conditions, surviving harsh climate change, and their offspring have the same capabilities, Bar-Ilan University researchers revealed. The gulf, located in the Red Sea, is […]

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Waste Site behind Metn Foul Odors to be Closed This Month – Naharnet

A waste storage site behind the foul odors that have engulfed Northern Metn’s coastal areas for the past months will be closed before the end of the month, the new environment minister said on Tuesday. “According to a statement issued by the Council for Development and Reconstruction on 29/1/2019, these odors are caused by piles […]

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‘I Green Beirut’-Phase II Culminates in 3 Winners Presenting Sustainable, Artistic Projects – Naharnet

Under the patronage of the Municipality of Beirut, and in collaboration with the United Nations Information Center in Beirut (UNIC Beirut), Junior Chamber International-Lebanon has organized an award-winning ceremony of phase two of “I Green Beirut” competition in downtown Beirut. The event is a culmination of a green landscape and art competition in Beirut, launched […]

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Agency halts project to maintain Ashkelon cliff after anti-erosion devices damaged – Haaretz

Environmental Protection Ministry says the devices are urgently needed Zafrir Rinat | Feb. 7, 2019 | 12:37 AM A government agency decided this week to halt a project to stop the erosion of the Ashkelon cliff. The project involved laying sand-filled tubes made of a specially engineered fabric in the sea below the cliff to […]

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