- Published: Monday, 10 December 2012
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IPCRI administers a joint Israeli-Palestinian Environmental Forum where environmental issues that affect both sides are discussed and coordinated.
About the Joint Environmental Forum
In the shared environment of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, impacts of environmental issues and climate change know no borders. In a region that has a quickly growing population, rapid development, limited water resources and a vulnerable environment, joint cooperation is essential.
The Israel/Palestine Joint Environmental Forum was established by IPCRI and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in November 2012 to address this need.
The Forum's goal is to serve as an informal physical and virtual meeting place of leading professionals from civil society (academics and NGO representatives), where ideas, campaigns, concerns and issues can be raised, discussed and then acted upon. The Forum meets on a quarterly basis, bringing together key leaders in environmental work in both Israeli and Palestinian society.
Four broad aims of the Forum are as follows:
- To raise awareness of key environmental issues requiring cross-border cooperation, focusing especially on government and civil society.
- To enable the effective sharing of information and resources surrounding environmental concerns and initiatives in the region.
- To promote capacity-building within organizations working on environmental issues in the region.
- To propose specific actions that will improve the effectiveness of environmental cooperation in the region and ensure that, where possible, they are carried out.
Where we stand now
The inaugural meeting of the Forum took place in November 2012. Key environmental leaders met to envision the structure, process and goals of the Forum. Stemming from this meeting were five tangible outcomes:
- Development of a database of strategic partners (individuals and organizations working in environmental issues)
- A proposed educational tour of the West Bank designed to inform Israeli environmentalists of wastewater treatment and waste disposal in the Palestine
- Creation of a map of current cross-border activity/initiatives and the subsequent circulation of a questionnaire to environmental organizations to measure joint cooperation best practice
- Identification of especially at-risk, highly-impacted border communities facing pressing environmental issues
- Proposed next meetings of Forum members