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  • Cleaning and sewing up eastern Jerusalem – Jerusalem Post
    By DAVID M. WEINBERG 11/16/2017 Jerusalem municipal workers hauled-off abandoned vehicles, accumulated piles of garbage, and rubble from ruined buildings. Earlier this week, Jerusalem municipal officials and workers swept overnight into a-Tur on the Mount of Olives to clean up the neighborhood. Under police protection, they hauled-off abandoned vehicles, accumulated...

  • World’s largest solar plant built in a refugee camp launched in Zaatari – Jordan Times
    12.9-megawatt solar facility will bring free and clean electricity to over 80,000 camp residents By Mina Mohit – Nov 13,2017 ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP — After six months of construction that saw the sprawling of some 40,000 solar panels over “the size of 33 football fields” in southern Mafraq, the world’s...

  • Vulnerable groups in Arab world ‘most at risk’ of climate change impact — experts – Jordan Times
    Climate change also threatens to ‘derail development results’ By Hana Namrouqa – Nov 15,2017 BONN — Experts on environment and sustainable development on Wednesday warned that climate change is increasingly becoming a root cause for displacement in the Arab region, urging more attention to the impact of climate change on...

  • Jordan to go ahead with Red Sea-Dead Sea project despite Israel’s withdrawal threat – Jordan Times
    By Mohammad Ghazal – Nov 15,2017 AMMAN—Jordan on Tuesday said it was going ahead with the Red Sea-Dead Sea water conveyance project with or without Israel, which threatened on Tuesday to withdraw from the project until it is staff are allowed to return to the Israeli embassy in Amman. “We...

  • Jordan Outdoor Association puts a cap on illegal fishing – Jordan Times
    By Ahmed Bani Mustafa – Nov 09,2017 AMMAN — The Jordan Outdoor Association has contributed to three arrests related to illegal fishing at freshwater bodies in the Kingdom, an activist said. The society, which has 535 members from various countries, has volunteers who monitor water bodies and report illegal fishing...

  • 1,400 trees planted to revive Amman’s greenery – Jordan Times
    By Muath Freij – Nov 11,2017 AMMAN — The small number of green spaces in the capital prompted 14-year-old Reem Hamadah to participate in a one-day planting tree activity in Amman on Saturday. Hamadah said that she is forced to visit malls in the upscale neighbourhoods of Amman whenever she...

  • Experts discuss impact of tourism on sustainable development – Jordan Times
    By Fares Al Abed – Nov 13,2017 AMMAN — The relationship between tourism and sustainable growth was the focus of a regional conference that began in Amman on Monday. Titled “Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa [MENA]: Competitiveness for Sustainable Growth”, the two-day meeting aims at developing sustainable...

  • Prayer for rain to be held Friday – Jordan Times
    by Muath Freij – Nov 16,2017 – AMMAN — Istisqaa prayer will be held across the Kingdom on Friday, following calls made by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs urging Jordanians to participate in the prayer. A statement posted on the ministry’s website said that Awqaf Minister Wael Arabiyat...

  • Iran-Iraq quake damages Iraq’s Diyala River dam – Al Jazeera
    15 Nov 2017 Engineers in northern Iraq are carrying out repairs on a vital dam damaged by the earthquake that also devastated areas in neighbouring Iran. The dam, which provides water and electricity to about two million people, risks breaking and unleashing disastrous flooding. More than 500 people were killed...

  • After ‘Sea of Plastic’ found in Caribbean, one Israeli firm is off to the rescue – Jerusalem Post
    By MAX SCHINDLER 11/06/2017 Kibbutz-based Infimer seeks to alleviate $40 billion-a-year cost of plastics pollution. A colossal “sea of plastic” was discovered last month in the Caribbean, with bunched-up bottles and bags stretching for miles. It reminded one Israeli environmental entrepreneur of the polluted Haifa Bay and Kishon River —...

  • Annual Cross-Border Environmental Cooperation Conference – Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
    On September 13th-14th, 2017, the second annual Track II Environmental Conference was held at the Arava Institute. The conference, entitled “Promoting environmental agreements between Jordan, Israel and Palestine, to improve lives, protect the environment, and support sustainable resolution of conflict”, aimed to highlight the progress of the Track II working...

  • Environmental Peacebuilding Newsletter, November 2017
    Diplomat Tour “Gaza on the Edge” On October 24th, EcoPeace staff led a group of representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations on a study tour of the Israeli areas neighboring the Gaza Strip. The tour “Gaza on the Edge” showed the transboundary implications of the Gaza water and sanitation...

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