note: attendance by registration only. For registration instructions please contact Evie Leviten-Lawton at

Please join us virtually next Thursday, June 8, from 11:15 a.m. ET (16:15 Jerusalem Time*) to 1:35 p.m ET, for a special Track II Environmental Forum event—Democracy and Sustainability in the Jordan River Basin.

With a goal of providing a platform for Palestinian and Israeli environmental change-makers to highlight their cross-border environmental cooperation, the annual Applied Environmental Diplomacy Conference, in memory of Noam Segal, is hosted by the Arava Institute and the Oxford Martin School in partnership with the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University.

The 2023 Applied Environmental Diplomacy Conference Program will include:

11:15 a.m. ET | Opening Remarks (Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Executive Director of the Arava Institute)11:20 a.m. ET| 

Words about Noam (Noam’s father, Dr. Peretz Segal)

11:25 a.m. ET| Panel I: The Crisis of Democracy, the Environment, and the Role of Civil Society
(Moderator: Ambassador Daniel Shek; Panelists: Dr. Dov Khenin, Chairman of the President’s Climate Change Forum; Dr. Orli Ronen, Porter School; and a Palestinian Representative)12:00 p.m. ET|

Track II and Applied Environmental Diplomacy: Progress in the Region
(Dr. David Lehrer, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies)

12:05 p.m. ET| Short video about the Al-Bireh Treated Wastewater Trunkline in the West Bank

12:15 p.m. ET | How Regional Modeling is Bridging the Gap in Knowledge and Trust
Oxford Martin School, Oxford University (Professor Jim Hall and Dr. Michael Gilmont)

12:30 p.m. ET| Panel II: Women, Democracy and Security 
(Moderator: Dr. Deborah Sandler; Panelists: Palestinian Representative; Sally Abed, Standing Together; and Dr. Shira Efron, Director of Policy at the Israel Policy Forum and special climate advisor to Israeli Ministry of Defens)

1:00 p.m. ET | Keynote Address:  Ambassador Dennis Ross
Looking Ahead: The Crisis of Democracy, Challenges and Opportunities for the Region
(Introduced by Dr. Shaddad Attili)1:30 p.m. ET | Closing Remarks (Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed).

*If you are in Israel and would like to attend the event in-person at the Porter School for Environmental Studies in Tel Aviv, please use this link to register instead.
Many thanks, 

Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed      
Executive Director
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies