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Trash Pollutes Lebanon’s Mediterranean Coastline – Naharnwt

29 November 2018 Plastic bottles, soft drink cans and blue garbage bags. An old television, discarded vegetables and coffee cups. These are some of the random things that can be seen floating in the sea along Lebanon’s coastline. Once a source of pride, the country’s Mediterranean coastline has become a source of shame for many […]

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AUE calls for realisation of envisioned joint Arab electricity market – Jordan Times

Dec 09,2018 AMMAN — The sixth Arab Union of Electricity (AUE) Conference recommended that more efforts be exerted towards realisng a joint Arab electricity market on a commercial basis. The Amman-based AUE, in its sixth conference which concluded last Thursday, also called for completing the Arab electricity grids interconnection projects, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, […]

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‘Green energy projects to contribute to around 20% of electricity generation in 2020’ – Jordan Times

Dec 06,2018 AMMAN — The contribution of renewable energy to the national power grid will reach 10 per cent by the end of 2018 and is expected to increase to 20 per cent in 2020, Energy Minister Hala Zawati said on Wednesday. Opening the sixth conference of the Amman-based Arab Union of Electricity, Zawati said […]

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AREC conference explores Jordan renewable energy goals, progress – Jordan Times

By Maram Kayed – Dec 10,2018 AMMAN — Energy sector stakeholders have recently gathered in Amman for an Arab Renewable Energy Commission (AREC) conference to discuss the future of the sector, electric cars and smart cities in Jordan. During the conference, titled the “Fifth International Forum on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency”, participants discussed “the […]

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‘War of Meters’ Continues as More Generators Seized – Naharnet

28 November 2018 Economy Ministry inspectors on Wednesday confiscated a neighborhood power generator in Sin el-Fil after its owner refused to install meters for subscribers, a day after a violating generator was seized in Hadath. The inspectors were accompanied by State Security agents. Caretaker Economy Minister Raed Khoury had revealed in an interview with al-Joumhouria […]

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Energy commission, authorities cite 18,000 power theft cases in 2018 – Jordan Times

Dec 06,2018 AMMAN — The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) on Wednesday announced the detection of 18,014 electricity theft cases in the first 11 months of 2018, an official statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra. Law enforcement and EMRC detected 9,370 cases of the theft, while Public Security and Gendarmerie department personnel […]

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Iran at a low point: Tehran is sinking, and it may be irreversible – Haaretz

A recent study based on analyzed satellite data shows that the Iranian capital is sinking at a rate of 10 inches per year Asaf Ronel | Dec. 6, 2018 Tehran is sinking. This is not a metaphor connected to American sanctions or the drop in oil prices, but the conclusions of a recent study that […]

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Intro: Posts on Environmental Peacebuilding, Nov 30, 2018

The postings today update academic references to environmental peacebuilding, with particular attention to cooperation over water. A blog post by By Adrien Detges & Tobias Ide from the Environmental Change and Security project of the Wilson Center presents a brief review of current approaches. Six postings, which represent different and sometimes contrasting approaches, contain references […]

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International Water Cooperation Opens the Door to Peacemaking – New Security Beat

the blog of the Environmental change and Security Program, Wilson Center November 27, 2018 By Adrien Detges & Tobias Ide Although water is an essential input for agriculture and industrial production, it is also scarce in many regions. When it crosses international borders via shared rivers, lakes and aquifers, it can become a source of […]

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Unpacking the complex nature of cooperative interactions: case studies of Israeli–Palestinian environmental cooperation in the greater Bethlehem area -GeoJournal 82(4):701-719, August 2017

Kyra Reynolds In the last few decades, a growing number of theorists have suggested that the natural environment can be a platform for promoting cooperation between former adversaries and can perhaps contribute to peacebuilding. However, environmental cooperation has not lived up to these claims. In many cases, such cooperation has largely been ineffective and/or inequitable. […]

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Space, discourse and environmental peacebuilding – Third World Quarterly 38(3):544-562, July 2016

Tobias Ide The concept of environmental peacebuilding is becoming increasingly prominent among peacebuilding scholars and practitioners. This study provides a brief overview about the various discussions contributing to our understanding of environmental peacebuilding and concludes that questions of space have hardly been explicitly considered in these debates. Drawing on discourse-analytic spatial theory, I discuss how […]

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Depoliticising water conflict. The quest for functional peacebuilding in the Red Sea-Dead-Sea-Water-Conveyance project – Hydrological Sciences Journal/Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques, May 2014

Karin Aggestam, Anna Sundell This article analyses the nexus of technocracy-peacebuilding and its implications on water conflicts and hydropolitics. It is a conceptual exploration, which advances an interdisciplinary approach by combining theories from two distinct research fields: peacebuilding and transboundary water management. It probes the argument that synergies between water management, development and peacebuilding frequently […]

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Cooperation, Domination and Colonisation: The Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee – Water Alternatives 6(1):1-24, February 2013

Jan Selby Do there exist instances of international (water) policy coordination which are so unequal that they should not even be considered ‘cooperation’? This article argues, on both theoretical and empirical grounds, that this is indeed so. Theoretically, it posits that ‘cooperation’ should be distinguished from ‘policy coordination’, and that situations of policy coordination without […]

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Water: Triggering cooperation between former enemies – Water International 36(2):178-185, March 2011

Munther J. Haddadin Abstract: This paper reveals the role of the good offices of the United States to facilitate understanding between two enemies, Jordan and Israel, prior to the conclusion of a peace treaty between them in October 1994. It further addresses the basis of agreement on water-related matters between the two states, and the […]

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The Effect of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on the Water Resources of the Jordan River Basin, Global Environment, 1: 2, 2008, pp. 152-170(19)

Ferragina, Eugenia The article analyses the interaction between security and environment in the Mediterranean, focusing on the paradigmatic example of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over water resources in the Jordan River basin. Control of water can hardly be considered the main cause of conflict between Israel and Palestine, but it certainly has increased the potential for […]

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Seven Recent General References on Environmental Peacebuilding

Tobias Ide, Adrien Detges. 2018. International Water Cooperation and Environmental Peacemaking. Global Environmental Politics. October 2018 DOI: 10.1162/glep_a_00478 Proponents of the environmental peacemaking approach argue that environmental cooperation has the potential to improve relations between states. This is because such cooperation facilitates common problem solving, cultivates interdependence, and helps to build trust and understanding. But […]

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With Small Steps, Palestinians and Israelis Try to Tackle Gaza’s Ills – New York Times

By David M. Halbfinger Nov. 15, 2018 JERUSALEM — Last year, when the Trump administration was still trying to entice the Palestinians into peace talks with Israel through cooperation rather than coercion, it encouraged the two sides to team up on small-scale infrastructure projects as a way to rebuild trust while improving conditions in the […]

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Gaza’s water crisis is ‘a ticking time bomb’ – PRI

Living on Earth November 13, 2018 Reporter Sandy Tolan In the Middle East’s Gaza Strip, a narrow piece of contested land where three out of four people are refugees, unsafe drinking water has led to a worsening health crisis. Gazan children suffer from diarrhea, kidney disease, stunted growth and impaired IQ. Twenty years ago, 85 […]

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AFED Conference on Financing Sustainable Development in Arab Countries: Recommendations for integrated strategies, reforms, and corruption control – Environment and Development

9/11/2018 The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) concluded its 11th annual conference, held in Beirut on 8-9 November 2018 in Beirut, to discuss financing sustainable development in Arab Countries. The conference brought together 420 delegates and 50 speakers from 36 countries, representing government bodies, the private sector, regional and international organizations, research centers, […]

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Financing development based on human dignity – Environment and Development

NAJIB SAAB 7/11/2018 Over the past 10 years, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) reports have identified the state of Arab environment in all its aspects and proposed solutions that have contributed to endorsing numerous environmental policies in the region. The adoption of sustainable development goals and the ratification of the Paris Climate […]

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