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Israel Opens Way for Boating in Coastal Streams – Haaretz

Zafrir Rinat Feb 07, 2019 The Environmental Protection Ministry has issued guidelines that could lead to the resumption of boating in various coastal-area streams that are being rehabilitated. The ministry had received inquiries from Ashdod and Hadera, as well as from the Western Galilee Drainage and Streams Authority regarding the Na’aman Stream. As a result […]

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Population, Water – excerpts from The Middle East economy in the last decade – Moshe Dayan Center

Paul Rivlin Jan 31/19 editor’s note: full article at https://dayan.org/content/middle-east-economy-last-decade. The following are the sections on population, water and the conclusion. The full analysis shows the inter-relations between population growth, unemployment, war, refugees, oil depedence, droughts, increasing water shortages and the by-products of desalination. What has happened to the economies of the Middle East over […]

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‘Private settler farm’: Israeli activists petition High Court to revoke West Bank nature reserve’s status – Haaretz

The petition argues that the area’s designations as a reserve and a firing zone are mere pretexts that allow the state to legally remove Palestinians Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 31, 2019 | 9:53 PM Human rights activists are trying, for the first time, to get a nature reserve’s status revoked on the grounds that its […]

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EcoPeace Peacebuilding Newsletter Februrary 2019

EcoPeace Directors in the News and Abroad EcoPeace’s Jordan director Ms. Yana Abu Taleb visited Washington DC in the beginning of January. During her visit she had the opportunity to be hosted by the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg and meet with many friends of EcoPeace and to present our work to potential supporters […]

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Mega water project in north to be partially operational by end of 2019 – Jordan Times

Jan 24,20190 AMMAN — The Wadi Al Arab Water Conveyance Project must be ready before the end of the year, to be at least partially operational, in order to begin pumping additional supplies of drinkable water to the northern region, Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abul Saud underlined on Thursday. Notably, the facility will […]

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Zawati reaffirms freeze on renewable energy projects ‘temporary – Jordan Times

Jan 30,2019 – AMMAN — The government’s decision to freeze renewable energy projects is temporary, pending an awaited National Energy Strategy and a National Electric Power Company study, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati said on Wednesday. During the inauguration of a regional workshop on energy held by the University of Jordan, in […]

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Green group wages war for Israel’s endangered species – YNET

Society for Protection of Nature in Israel files official document objecting JNF plan to transform 200 acres in south into farmland, claiming it threatens the country’s rare mammals and reptiles. Ilana Curiel|Published: 01.21.19 , 20:03 Won’t anybody think of the gerbils? The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is battling the Jewish […]

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Despite salvation efforts, northern Israeli shoreline continues to decline – Haaretz

Construction in Haifa Bay has disrupted the natural flow of sand, but replenishing the sand on the beach has not solved the problem Zafrir Rinat | Jan. 23, 2019 The shoreline at Kiryat Haim, a Haifa suburb, has suffered extensive damage in recent weeks due to the erosion of sand on the beach in the […]

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Egypt, EBRD sign agreement to depollute Kitchener Drain – Egypt Independent

January 9, 2019 Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly witnessed on Wednesday the signing of an agreement for the integrated depollution project of the Kitchener Drain, developing a sustainable system for solid waste management and rehabilitation of the drain’s infrastructure at a cost of 148.3 million euros. The signings occurred in the presence of the Minister […]

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King, Queen join forestation efforts on Arbour Day – Jordan Times

Their Majesties briefed on rehabilitation measures after fire By JT – Jan 15,2019 AMMAN — Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania on Tuesday joined Jordan’s youth in planting trees at the Kamalieh Forest on the occasion of Arbour Day. King Abdullah and Queen Rania listened to a briefing from Royal Court Chief Yousef Issawi […]

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After oil: Mideast states developing renewable energy – YNET

Wind turbines, hydroelectricity and solar power are on the agenda in Morocco, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, but experts say region still lags far behind Europe and North America, despite growing investments The Media Line|Published: 01.17.19 The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Egypt are leading the charge in the Middle East to adopt […]

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Jordan ‘third best host of green energy projects worldwide’ – Jordan Times

Jan 22,2019 AMMAN — Jordan has ranked third as the best investment environment in the field of renewable energy, according to the Bloomberg’s Climatescope 2018 Index, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati said. The index announced Jordan, among 103 countries, taking the third slot after Chile and India, in attracting investments into its […]

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Ministry plans to funnel ‘Fils Al Reef’ fee into solar panels for underprivileged households – Jordan Times

Maram Kayed – Jan 24,2019 Now that 99.9 per cent of Jordanian households have electricity, the Energy Ministry announced that the “Fils Al Reef” fee will be channelled into installing solar panels for underprivileged families. According to Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Spokesperson Mashhour Abu Eid, Fils Al Reef, which is a fee added […]

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Solar start-up seeks to energize Gaza border economy – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 12/29/2018 Utilight is bringing game-changing laser printing technology to Israel’s periphery. While hi-tech firms the world over look toward China as the ideal destination for locating their manufacturing facilities, one Israeli company is bucking the trend in spectacular fashion. Looking much closer to home, Yavne-based solar-cell printing technology start-up Utilight is planning […]

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Environmentalists protest against new gas rig – Jerusalem Post

By BEN BRESKY 01/25/2019 “We are in favor of the development of natural gas, but we are also in favor of our health,” MK Gabbay stated at the rally. Labor leader MK Avi Gabbay joined protesters in calling to remove gas rigs from Dor Beach near Haifa in Israel’s north. “There is no more just […]

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Egyptian gas supply to Jordan officially resumed – Jordan Times

Mohammad Ghazal – Jan 28,2019 AMMAN — Jordan has officially started receiving half of its daily needs of natural gas for electricity generation from Egypt, a government official said on Sunday. The Kingdom, which started receiving experimental quantities from Egypt in August last year, is currently receiving from Egypt some 165 million cubic feet of […]

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Lebanon Signs Oil Storage Deal with Rosneft – Naharnet

Lebanon has signed a deal with Russia’s largest oil company, Rosneft, to upgrade and operate storage installations in the country’s northern city of Tripoli. Caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil signed the deal on Friday, in the presence of Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin, and told reporters that Rosneft will manage storage operations. Abi […]

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Egypt to announce tariff for selling energy from waste within weeks: Report – Egypt Independent

January 21, 2019 Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmin Fouad announced that the government has prepared a tariff for the sale of energy from waste (EfW), in cooperation with the Electricity Ministry. All procedures are being finalized with the Finance Ministry and will be announced within weeks, the al-Borsa newspaper reported Fouad as saying. The minister said […]

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Egypt’s Ministerial delegation ends visit to Germany discussing waste management – Egypt Independent

January 26, 2019 An Egyptian ministerial delegation including Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Sharawy, Minister of Defense Mohammed al-Assar and Minister of Environment Yasmen Fouad returned to Cairo on Friday following a five-day visit to Germany seeking to obtain knowledge on the global technological systems of waste management. The delegation held meetings with Germany’s Minister […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, January 2019

note: The report mentioned below: 2019 Report: Climate Change, Water Security and National Security for Jordan, Palestine and Israel is available at ecopeaceme.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/climate-change-web.pdf EcoPeace’s Workshop on Water Security and Environmental Peacebuilding From the 10th to the 15th of December, EcoPeace Middle East hosted a first of its kind workshop on ‘Middle East Water Security and […]

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