EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Our primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage.
In so doing, we seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region.
EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv.
Eco Peace Middle East – environmentalists for peace in the region
– Denise Nanni and Milena Rampoldi
How was Eco Peace Middle East founded and with which aims?
“EcoPeace” was founded on December 7, 1994 at an historic meeting held in Taba, Egypt. We came about as environmental non-governmental organizations from the Middle East met with the common goal of furthering sustainable development and peace in their region. For the first time ever, Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian environmentalists agreed to join forces in an effort to promote the integration of environmental considerations into the regional development agenda.
How do you advocate environmental issues at a political level?
EcoPeace’s “top-down” (advocacy) programs are based on research, on the publication of policy briefs, and on the holding of events that highlight the national self-interest of each side in advancing our policy recommendations. Mutual gain is the focus and goal of our advocacy work vis-a-vis decision makers at the regional and international levels.
What bottom-up strategies do you undertake?
Our bottom-up approach is about educating local constituencies to call for, and lead, necessary cross-border solutions to regional water issues. Despite the ongoing conflict, bottom-up programing facilitates the advancement of community interests in cross-border environmental solutions. …