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Israel Palestine Center for Environment

 

Tantur, PO Box 11091, Jerusalem 91110     -     Tel: 972-02-6769460     -     Fax: 972-02-6768011     -     ipcri@ipcri.org     -    www.ipcri.org

Current Projects

In Uhm al-Rehaan and five other Palestinian villages, IPCRI Environment is running a pilot project to combat the deterioration of the mountain aquifer below the West Bank and the health risks caused by an inadequate sewage system.  The contamination of the aquifer by sewage endangers both Palestinians and Israelis, who get 25% of their water from the same aquifer.  The IPCRI Center for the Environment is spearheading the implementation of an ecologically beneficial, low-cost, low-maintenance alternative to the inadequate conventional sewage system.  This new system conveys wastewater to an underground septic tank, pipes the water to a shared wetland for additional treatment, and finally recycles it as irrigation water for selected crops.  IPCRI is pursuing this project with the support of the governments of Japan, Australia, and New Zealand and in coordination with the Palestinian Water Authority and Israeli authorities.  More information on the project is available here.

Wastewater Treatment for Rural Communities


In Um al-Reha, a village near Jenin, IPCRI Environment is running a pilot project to combat the deterioration of the mountain aquifer below the West Bank and the health risks caused by an inadequate sewage system.  The contamination of the aquifer by sewage endangers both Palestinians and Israelis, who get 25% of their water from the same aquifer.  The IPCRI Center for the Environment is spearheading the implementation of an ecologically beneficial, low-cost, low-maintenance alternative to the inadequate conventional sewage system.  This new system conveys wastewater to an underground septic tank, pipes the water to a shared wetland for additional treatment, and finally recycles it as irrigation water for selected crops.  IPCRI is pursuing this project with the support of the government of Japan in coordination with the Palestinian Water Authority and Israeli authorities. More information on the project is available here.

GLOWA Jordan River Project


IPCRI Environment is currently participating in the  German Government Financed GLOWA Jordan River Project, an interdisciplinary project addressing the vulnerability of water resources in the Jordan River Basin under global climate change that aims to provide scientific support for long term management practices and effective responses to climate change.   The Center for the Environment works in parallel with a team from the University of Kassel to prepares scenarios which will be integrated both the scientific findings of the research teams.  The Center for the Environment also works to publicize the project’s findings in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.   Full details about the GLOWA project can be found on the website: http://www.glowa-jordan-river.de/

Proposed Projects

In Uhm al-Rehaan and five other Palestinian villages, IPCRI Environment is running a pilot project to combat the deterioration of the mountain aquifer below the West Bank and the health risks caused by an inadequate sewage system.  The contamination of the aquifer by sewage endangers both Palestinians and Israelis, who get 25% of their water from the same aquifer.  The IPCRI Center for the Environment is spearheading the implementation of an ecologically beneficial, low-cost, low-maintenance alternative to the inadequate conventional sewage system.  This new system conveys wastewater to an underground septic tank, pipes the water to a shared wetland for additional treatment, and finally recycles it as irrigation water for selected crops.  IPCRI is pursuing this project with the support of the governments of Japan, Australia, and New Zealand and in coordination with the Palestinian Water Authority and Israeli authorities.  More information on the project is available here.

Desalination


Together with six international partners IPCRI is actively preparing a project to form a consortium of environmental NGOs and Environmental Academic Research centers from each country on the Mediterranean (except for Libya) to study the impact of desalination projects on the Mediterranean environment.  Support for the project is being sought from the European Union within the framework of the Regional Capacity Building Initiative.

- Information on the project is available here.

- A fact sheet on desalination in Israel is available here.


International Conference on Environmental Co-operation


IPCRI Environment has developed a plan for a conference to strengthen communication and cooperation between Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian environmental organizations.  The conference would address water supply and distribution, renewable energy development, the future of the Dead Sea, and other issues that are critical for the region.  IPCRI is currently seeking funding to hold the conference.  More information including a list of organizations that have voiced support of the conference’s aims is available here.

 
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