Ecopeace

Location

Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Amman

Staff Size

45

Regular Programming

Ecopeace runs and directs a series of different water conservation programs that seek to engage young Palestinians, Israelis and Jordinians, rehabilitate native ecosystems, advocate for sustainable energy practices and encourage water and energy supply policies for areas facing scarcities.

The Good Water Neighbors program engages young Palestinians, Israelis and Jordinians to learn about water scarcity through school based activities and cross border workshops.
Rehabilitation of the Jordan River Valley focuses more on rehabilitating the Jordan River and its surrounding valley by securing finances for selected master plan projects in water and sanitation.

Water Energy Nexus is a sustainable energy project that advocates for exchanges of solar energy and desalinated water between Israel, Jordan, and Palestine in order to promote healthy interdependencies that would advance regional stability and address climate change and water scarcity in the region.

Water Cannot Wait is another advocacy program that encourages policies to help solve the water and energy supply crisis in Gaza, and advocates for a fair-share of water for all people in the region.

Finally, the Program on Water Security - connects EcoPeace’s environmental peacebuilding experience and methodology with the capacity building needs of civil society organizations coping with water stress and conflict worldwide.

The Good Water Neighbors program engages young Palestinians, Israelis and Jordanians in learning about water security and the need for regional cooperation. Over 12,000 Palestinian, Israeli and Jordanian youth and teachers have already participated in EcoPeace's school-based activities, teacher-training workshops, cross-border meetings and youth camps and 20,000 more youth will be involved in the next four years.

Rehabilitation of the Jordan River Valley – EcoPeace developed the first-ever regional Jordan Valley masterplan to rehabilitate the Jordan River and the surrounding valley. EcoPeace is working with investors and development banks to secure financing for selected master plan projects and has helped leverage major investments in water and sanitation projects. These include building a solar farm to power a wastewater treatment plant; working with farmers to improve water efficiency, and distributing residential grey water systems in the Jordan Valley. •

Water Energy Nexus – EcoPeace is advocating for exchanges of solar energy and desalinated water between Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, with each partner harnessing its comparative advantage in the production of renewable energy and water. Modeled after the joint coal and steel production treaty, which led to the development of the EU, this exchange would promote healthy interdependencies that would advance regional stability and address climate change and water scarcity in the region. EcoPeace is now embarking on a project that will pilot the cross-border transfer of electricity and prove the political and regulatory feasibility of the concept.

Water Cannot Wait - The water and sanitation crises in Gaza, water scarcity in the West Bank, and water pollution crossing borders, show that water issues can no longer be held hostage to other final status issues in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. EcoPeace encourages policies that help solve the water and energy supply crisis in Gaza, and advocates for a fair-share of water for all people in the region. EcoPeace’s advocacy contributed to the completion of the first modern sewage treatment plant in Gaza and helped accelerate agreements to double the volume of water sold to Gaza.

The Program on Water Security - connects EcoPeace’s environmental peacebuilding experience and methodology with the capacity building needs of civil society organizations coping with water stress and conflict worldwide. The program was awarded the GCSP 2017 Prize for Innovation in Global Security. For more details about EcoPeace, see http://ecopeaceme.org

Goals

Who is your target constituency? Communities, especially young people, and decision makers in Israel, Palestine and Jordan

Mission:
EcoPeace develops crossborder environmental solutions by working with constituencies and building partnerships in the Middle East and in other global regions that foster a collective commitment to a sustainable, prosperous and peaceful future.

Vision:
EcoPeace’s vision is to secure a sustainable, prosperous and peaceful future for the people of the Middle East

Major Accomplishments

EcoPeace runs a number of successful projects, for which it has received world-wide recognition (see list of awards), including a recent presentation before the UN Security Council in April 2019.

Theory of Social Change

EcoPeace is an international trailblazer in the practical application of environmental peacebuilding to advance water security. The organization recognizes that shared natural resources are an important opportunity to broaden and deepen areas of cooperation and trust even in the midst of conflict. EcoPeace recognizes that solutions to environmental problems are rarely zero-sum; solving them not only positively affects the region's ecology, but its social and economic stability as well. The organization believes that by collaborating on environmental and water security problems, an understanding between conflicting parties and a willingness to establish interdependence is forged. These set the foundations for the development of mutual prosperity and trust, and ultimately for peace.
Their approach is unique in its synergy between Top-Down policy change and Bottom-Up community based constituency building. Joined together, they maximize impact and create new political will.

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