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UfM official: Project to address water crisis in Palestine has become a reality – WAFA

By Khalil Fawadleh RAMALLAH, June 27, 2018 (WAFA) – The three-day First Palestine International Water Forum organized by the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), under the slogan Integrated Water Resources Management: Best Practices and Technology Transfer, to discuss the adoption of integrated water resources management progressive tools as an approach to address the water crisis in […]

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20 fires break out in south due to incendiary balloons – YNET / Jerusalem Post

Residents of the Gaza border communities demand IDF and defense establishment put an end to incendiary kites and balloons phenomenon as another wave of fires hits the region, burning many acres of land and killing animals. Matan Tzuri|Published: 06.28.18 , 21:54 Around 20 fires broke out on Thursday in various areas in south Israel along […]

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Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter July 2018 – EcoPeace

Dear Friends, EcoPeace Middle East continues to be alarmed by the deteriorating circumstances in and around Gaza, including the humanitarian, energy, and water crisis. We have conducted countless interviews, led site visits and held meetings with officials from all sides to express our concerns and call to find solutions. Please look out for a new […]

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Friends of Dead Sea Society denies claims of Israel’s chemical pollution of site – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Jul 01,2018 AMMAN — The friends of the Dead Sea Society on Sunday denied news reports claiming that the Dead Sea’s water was polluted due to chemical leaks from the Israeli side of the salty lake. News reports circulated on the social media and WhatsApp messaging application this week claimed that […]

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Court-ordered closure of landfill in central Israel leads to garbage dumping in open areas – Haaretz

The dump’s closure has put pressure on the transfer stations where the waste is sent Zafrir Rinat | Jun. 26, 2018 | 9:17 AM Ever since a major landfill for construction waste in the center of the country was closed by court order earlier this month, the waste has increasingly been dumped in nearby open […]

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Strengthening Capacities on the Sustainable Management of Leachate in the Mediterranean – Environment and Development

The EU funded SWIM-H2020 SM Project organizes in Beirut a five-day regional capacity building activity from 25-29 June 2018 that includes a Study Tour of Leachate Treatment Facilities in Lebanon and the launching of an experience exchange process among Mediterranean peers working on leachate management. This activity is implemented under the Horizon2020 component of the […]

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Israeli water start-up selected as international ‘technology pioneer’ – Jerusalem Post

By ILANIT CHERNICK 06/27/2018 Watergen’s rapid technology uses the “air we breathe” and converts it into “the most premium quality drinking water,” the start-up says on its website. The World Economic Forum has chosen Watergen as one of its technology pioneers out of hundreds of candidates. The Israeli start-up’s devices and technology are a new […]

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Israeli company invents plastic packaging you can compost – Haaretz

Even if the TIPA film is tossed into the landfill as opposed to lovingly composted under optimal conditions, it will still vanish, unlike plastic that will stay with our children’s children’s children Ruth Schuster | Jun. 14, 2018 Many wonderful things, from chocolate to cars, may fleetingly boost our well-being but ultimately bear a heavy […]

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15 fires sweep south as kite terror continues – YNET

Firefighters scramble to contain flames in western Negev, Shokeda Forest and the Be’eri Forest as Palestinians in Gaza fly incendiary kites and balloons across border; no injuries immediately reported; IDF confirms Palestinian media reports of Israeli jets firing earlier in direction of a group of kite launchers; no injuries reported. Matan Tzuri and Yoav Zitun|Published: […]

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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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