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Recycling rubbish into revenue – the scheme bringing hope to women in Jordan – Jordan Times

By Paula Dear , Thomson Reuters Foundation – Jun 18,2018 IRBID – S ameera Al Salam folds a discarded piece of newspaper into a long strip then loops it round her finger to form a tight circle, the first stage of making the upcycled handbags, trays and bowls the Syrian refugee hopes will help her […]

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Southern Israeli stream still heavily polluted year after industrial spill – Haaretz

Despite major flooding in April, Ashalim stream requires extensive and complicated cleanup work Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 20, 2018 A year after industrial waste leaked into the Ashalim stream in the Negev, recent flooding has done its part in cleaning up the streambed, but extensive cleanup work is still needed to rehabilitate the stream. The […]

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Authorities to fix Jerash faulty new water network – Jordan Times

Mistakes in water distribution system leaves families in Jerash without water for two weeks By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 23,2018 AMMAN — A technical committee will restructure a faulty new water network that left subscribers in Jerash Governorate without adequate water supply, government officials said on Saturday. Residents of south and west Jerash, 45 kilometres […]

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Kinneret water levels dropping yet again – YNET

During recent years, Israel’s water jewel has been drying up, resulting in the creation of an expanding island in the middle of the northern lake; experts urge government ‘to talk less and do more.’ Ahiya Raved|Published: 06.22.18 The ongoing decrease in the Sea of Galilee’s (Kinneret) water level has expanded the island near Kibbutzim of […]

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More than 65% of GERD’s construction completed: Ethiopian Ambassador to Sudan – Egypt Independent

June 3, 2018 Ethiopia’s ambassador to Sudan, Mawtada Zoudi, announced on Wednesday that the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has passed 65% completion. During an Iftar (Ramadan breakfast) feast in Sudan for news agencies and the local press, organized by the Ethiopian embassy, Zoudi added that “work in the dam is in […]

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Egypt suffers shortage of water at 54 billion cubic meters: Irrigation Minister – Egypt Independent

April 19, 2018 Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohammed Abdel Atty said on Wednesday that 114 billion cubic meters of water are required to cover the country’s agricultural and industrial needs, as well as drinking and home usages. During the Supreme Council of Culture’s “Water and Sustainable Development” symposium, Abdel Atty said that […]

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Government raises fees of drinking water by 50 % – Egypt Independent

June 4, 2018 Prime Minister Sherif Ismail signed a new decree raising the fees of drinking water and sanitation services by 46.5 percent , a second consecutive increase in less than a year, according to the Official Gazette. The decision raised the cost of drinking water from 65 piasters to LE 3.15 per cubic meter […]

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Irrigation Ministry to establish walkway areas and anchors on Nile River – Egypt Independent

June 17, 2018 Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Ati announced on Sunday that the ministry has prepared a comprehensive study of walkway areas in governorates bordering the Nile River in preparation for its “Mamsha ahl Masr” (Walkway for the people of Egypt) project. The project will include establishing river anchors and aims […]

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Red Sea governorate washes streets with greywater for the first time – Egypt Independent

June 19, 2018 The Red Sea governorate has begun an unprecedented experiment in Egypt of using greywater to clean streets and irrigate gardens in Hurghada, in order to save up to 40% of water following shortages. Greywater is relatively clean waste water from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances. “The idea started with […]

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Symposium on Regional Cooperation on Reclaimed Water – EcoPeace

Invitation Symposium on Regional Cooperation on Reclaimed Water Wednesday 18 July 2018, Handler Auditorium, Hebrew University – Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem EcoPeace Middle East cordially invites you to attend a Symposium on Regional Cooperation on Reclaimed Water. The conference will be held on July 18, 2018, at the Handler Auditorium in the Truman Institute, Hebrew […]

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New proposals may help resolve Israel/Lebanon oil, gas dispute – YNET / Naharnet

Energy Minister Steinitz says new ideas proposed in US back-channel mediation of Israeli-Lebanese maritime dispute in eastern Mediterranean raise prospect of a partial deal this year. Reuters|Published: 06.05.18 New ideas proposed in US back-channel mediation of an Israeli-Lebanese maritime dispute over oil and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean raise the prospect of a partial […]

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Hamas, Netanyahu and Mother Nature – New York Times

Thomas L. Friedman May 22, 2018 Princess Diana once famously observed that there were three people in her marriage, “so it was a bit crowded.” The same is true of Israelis and Palestinians. The third person in their marriage is Mother Nature — and she’ll batter both of them if they do not come to […]

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10 fires break out in Israel from Gaza incendiary kites – YNET

Firefighters battle blazes in Be’eri, Kissufim and Nir Am, while Israeli residents on the strip’s border come together to ‘give back to nature what has been taken from it’ by planting trees: ‘They’re burning, and we’re planting.’ Matan Tzuri, Liad Osmo|Published: 06.09.18 , 18:43 Ten different fires broke out on Saturday in Israeli communities on […]

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Israel avoids purchasing Supertanker to fight mass fires – YNET

IAF officials say purchasing mini US-developed Supertanker system will solve Israel’s inability to fight huge summer fires as well as fires caused by rockets and incendiary kites from Gaza; Prime Minister’s Office: System doesn’t provide solutions to possible scenarios. Itamar Eichner|Published: 06.06.18 The recent kite terror from Gaza on the backdrop of the border fence […]

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NGO warns of ‘major pollution’ to Azraq aquifers – Jordan Times

Cesspits spread over Azraq as municipality is not linked to sewage network, threatening major underlying fresh water basin By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 07,2018 AMMAN — The Jordan Environment Federation (JFU) has warned that a health and environment crisis is “looming” in Azraq municipality, which sits on a major basin supplying the capital with a […]

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Wasted opportunities: Recycling stalls due to sorting problems and Chinese clampdown – Haaretz

Recycling has its chronic problems that are worsening and threatening the process worldwide; Israel, too, is now facing a challenge Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 10, 2018 Recycling garbage is now a vital part of protecting the environment worldwide. The process depends on advanced legislation that targets old industries, especially in developed countries. Less well known […]

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Ministry to follow up on water supply to avoid cuts during eid – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 12,2018 AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has created a monitoring and follow-up programme on water supply for Eid Al Fitr holiday to prevent water cuts, a government official said on Tuesday. The monitoring and follow-up programme will cover all parts of the Kingdom, according to the ministry’s […]

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Online database on Kingdom’s fauna and flora available to public – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 11,2018 AMMAN — Researchers, students and the public at large have been given access to an online database linked to a web mapping application that provides facts and figures on over 2,000 species of Jordan’s fauna and flora, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) announced. Reports, publications […]

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Azraq Wetland Reserve opens new trail in wild part of site – Jordan Times

Two-kilometre -long trail will offer new bird watching hideouts By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 14,2018 AMMAN — Visitors to Azraq Wetland Reserve, one of Jordan’s oldest natural sanctuaries, this summer will have the chance to explore the wild part of the reserve and observe its rehabilitation process, a conservationist said on Wednesday. The Royal Society […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter June 2018

EcoPeace at EBRD 27th Annual meeting EcoPeace Middle East, represented by its Jordanian co-director Mr. Munqeth Mehyar, Deputy Director Ms. Yana Abu Taleb and the Water Energy Nexus project coordinator Mr. Mohammad Bundokji attended the 27th annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held in Jordan on the 9th and the […]

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