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Arab Environment in 10 Years – AFED

ARAB ENVIRONMENT IN 10 YEARS crowns a decade of the series of annual reports produced by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) on the state of Arab environment. It tracks and analyzes changes focusing on policies and governance, including level of response and engagement in international environmental treaties. It also highlights developments in […]

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Arab Environment in 10 Years: Bleak with Bright Spots – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB The overall environmental outlook in the Arab region is bleak, despite progress on some fronts, according to the latest report of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). Entitled Arab Environment in 10 Years, the report crowns a decade of annual reports on the state of the environment in the Arab world. […]

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AFED Conference on Arab Environment in 10 Years: Recommendations for Green Investment, Food Security and Arab Cooperation – AFED

The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) concluded its tenth annual conference, held in Beirut on 2-3 November 2017, to discuss changes in the Arab environment during the past ten years. The conference brought together about 400 delegates from 46 countries, representing public agencies, corporations, universities, research centers and civil society. AFED’s Secretary General […]

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Kingdom drafts national adaptation plan for climate change – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Oct 30,2017 AMMAN — Jordan is formulating its first National Adaptation Plan (NAP) that will feature measures to enhance the country’s capacity to adapt to climate change in different sectors, according to experts in the field. Representatives of the public sector and local and international organisations and institutions on Monday convened […]

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Biennial report on climate change launched – Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa – Oct 29,2017 AMMAN — Jordan on Sunday announced its First Biennial Update Report (FBUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which looks at climate change within the Jordanian context and highlights local efforts to fight and adapt to the global phenomenon. The Ministry of Environment, which launched the […]

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Zaatari camp to go green with largest solar plant built in refugee settlement – Jordan Times

Nov 08,2017 AMMAN — Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp is planning to go green with the inauguration of a 12.9 megawatts solar plant next Monday, aimed at bringing affordable and sustainable energy to around 80,000 Syrian refugees and the host community. The 15-million-Euro project, which is funded by the government of Germany through the KfW Development […]

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Red Sea Warming Faster Than Global Average – Haaretz

Even the hardy corals reef of Eilat could be in trouble if water temperatures increase, Saudi research paper indicates Ruth Schuster Nov 02, 2017 The Red Sea is warming faster than the average for the world’s oceans, a team of Saudi scientists has reported. Their finding is likely to have implications for life in the […]

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Air pollution, defective construction and corruption plague the state – Jerusalem Post

By YONAH JEREMY BOB 10/25/2017 Israel’s comptroller reported on the faulty infrastructure creating a threat through out the state. Economic losses stemming from air pollution amounted to approximately NIS 16 billion in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira that also addressed corruption issues and defects in roadways and buildings. […]

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Israel’s water worries return after 4 years of drought – YNET

Following 4-year drought, Israel at precipice of another water crisis as Kinneret set to reach record low and underground aquifers nearly depleted; additional desalination plant considered to ameliorate crisis, as well as several new reservoirs; facing uncertainty, farmers still vexed at their prospects. Reuters|Published: 29.10.17 , 13:14 It was a source of national pride – […]

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The waterkeeper of Iraq – Al Jazeera

by Kenneth R Rosen 27 Oct 2017 Taqtaq, Iraq – Along the Little Zab River that cuts through the Iraqi town of Taqtaq, families picnicked on a recent weekday afternoon. Children frolicked in stalls overlooking the tributary, while a pair of boats gently bobbed in the rushing current. This spot is popular among Kurds, and […]

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Report Says Rooftop Solar Panels Are Sufficient to Meet Israel’s Energy Goals – Haaretz

Building mass solar fields as the government intends, the report argues, would diminish reserves of open space and cause unnecessary environmental damage Zafrir Rinat Oct 23, 2017 Rooftop solar panels could produce enough energy to fully meet the government’s target for solar energy, so there’s no justification for approving additional plans for ground-based solar facilities, […]

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Water Ministry to cut energy use by half by 2019 – Jordan Times

Hana Namrouqa – Oct 26,201 AMMAN — The Ministry of Water and Irrigation is scheduled to reduce its energy use, which constitutes 14 per cent of the country’s total energy consumption, by half in early 2019, according to officials. The goal of cutting down 50 million kilowatt hours per year is expected to be attained […]

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12 plants save JD1.6m in energy cost under resource efficiency programme – Jordan Times

Hana Namrouqa – Oct 24,2017 AMMAN — Twelve plants in the food and beverage sector helped save over JD1.6 million in costs related to water, energy, raw materials and solid waste management under a programme promoting resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP), officials said on Tuesday. The 12 companies signed up for the Transfer of […]

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Refugees turn waste into work at Zaatari camp – Jordan Times

Camille Dupire – Oct 23,2017 AMMAN — Despite the national strategy implemented to improve the management of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Jordan continues to suffer from the economic, social and environmental consequences of over 2.5 million tonnes of MSW ending up at dumpsites and landfills each year, according to a Jordan Green Building Council report. […]

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Amman to host regional conference on sustainable tourism – Jordan Times

Fares Al Abed – Oct 26,2017 AMMAN — Tourism Minister Lina Annab on Wednesday announced that the first regional conference on “Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa [MENA]: Competitiveness for Sustainable Growth”, will be held on November 13 and 14 at the Grand Hyatt Amman Hotel. The conference, held under the patronage of […]

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NGO raises students to become environmental leaders – Jordan Times

Camille Dupire – Oct 23,2017 AMMAN — “Everyone can be a leader of environmental change, by motivating others and setting an example,” stated Dheaya Alrousan, chairman of Green Generation Foundation (GGF), a non-profit organisation advocating for environment preservation. Registered under the umbrella of the Environment Ministry, the GGF aims to foster a “new green generation” […]

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Beirut school installs largest solar power project on a school campus in Lebanon – Environment and Development

27/10/2017 Beirut.com- On October 13, The American Community School of Beirut officially announced their first day of having fully operational solar PV systems providing renewable energy for the school. Once installed, this became the largest solar project installation on a school campus in Lebanon, one that will generate up to 25% of the school’s energy […]

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ClimaSouth project surveys progress on climate change in each Mediterranean partner country

The EU-funded ClimaSouth project has published a series of interviews with its National Focal Points (NFPs) in the Mediterranean partner countries. The main focus of the interviews is on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) process in each country, what is being done to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and how targets set out in the […]

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New Publication: Hussein, H. (2017) Whose ‘reality’? Discourses and hydropolitics along the Yarmouk River

ABSTRACT: This article investigates Jordanian and Syrian hydropolitical discourses around the bilateral relations along the Yarmouk River, with a focus on the decreased flow of the Yarmouk River reaching the Wahda Dam. The article examines the bilateral agreements, the hydropolitical discourses they generate, and the competing solutions they open. By situating the analysis in the […]

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Commentary: Water as a basic human right within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [by Erika Weinthal]

October 2017 Source: American Diplomacy http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2017/0712/ca/weinthal_water.html In the Middle East, water often crosses political borders; because water is a shared resource, its effective management demands cooperation among different users. In the absence of cooperation, conflict is likely. Indeed, conflict and cooperation over shared water has defined Israeli-Palestinian relations since 1967 when Israel gained full control […]

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