June 9-10, 2015-Public Release of Regional NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley
2015-06-09

EcoPeace Middle East / WEDO and its consortium partners at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Global Nature Fund (GNF), and lead consultant Royal HaskoningDHV, released the first ever Integrated Regional NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley at a regional conference held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dead Sea, in Jordan from June 9-10, 2015, under the patronage of the Jordanian Minister of Water, Dr. Hazim al Nasser.

The conference marked the conclusion of a 3-year European Union 'SWIM' funded program and brought together an impressive number of high-level government officials from Jordan, Palestine and Israel, international diplomatic representatives, international development agency representatives, and basin experts to discuss the advancement of the program from planning to implementation.

The Master Plan was presented according to its 7 strategic planning objectives:
1. Pollution Control
2. Sustainable Water Management and River Rehabilitation
3. Sustainable Agriculture
4. Jordan River Basin Governance
5. Ecological Rehabilitation
6. Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage Development
7. Urban and Infrastructure Development

The Master Plan also identifies 127 specific regional and national projects ("interventions") in relation to the above mentioned strategic planning objectives, with a total investment value of 4.58 billion USD until the year 2050.

Levant Consultancy, financial experts, also gave an overview of capital market funding opportunities that will serve to finance the projects together with donor states.

Below are links to the Full Conference Proceedings, the Master Plan and its specific Interventions, as well as the welcome words and speeches made by political figures, presentations given, a photo album from the conference, and media coverage of the event.

FULL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

REGIONAL NGO MASTER PLAN

REGIONAL NGO MASTER PLAN ANNEXES ("Interventions")

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FULL SPEECHES / ADDRESSES: 

•  Munqeth Mehyar, Chairman and Jordanian Director, EcoPeace Middle East
•  H.E. Joanna Wronecka, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Jordan
•  H.E. Helena Gröndahl Rietz, Swedish Ambassador to Jordan
•  Ayoub Kara, Israeli Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation
•  Abdullah Lahlouh, Palestinian Deputy Minister of Agriculture
•  H.E. Eng. Saed Abu Hammour, Secretary General, JVA, Jordan
•  Address by Israeli Member of Knesset, Omer Bar Lev
•  Address by Israeli Member of Knesset, Meirav Micha'eli

Investing in a Shared Future: EcoPeace Regional Vision for the Jordan Valley
•  Nader Khateeb, Munqeth Mehyar, Gidon Bromberg, EcoPeace Directors

High Level Panel
•  Dr. Mohammed Hmaidi – CEO, Palestinian Water S.R. Council
•  Eng. Khalil Al Absi - Director of Planning and Regional Water Unit, JVA, Jordan
•  Adi Ashkenazi - Ministry of Regional Cooperation, Israel

Closing Remarks
•  Nader Khateeb, Munqeth Mehyar, Gidon Bromberg, EcoPeace Directors

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PRESENTATIONS

--> Presentation: Jordan Valley Master Plan - by Jeroen Kool, Royal HaskoningDHV Consultant

--> Presentation:  Regional Investment Strategy - by Ramzi Maayta, Levant Consultancy

--> Presentation:  Pollution Control - by Mark de Groot

--> Presentation: Sustainable Water Management - by Gilad Safier

--> Presentation: Sustainable Agriculture - by Samer Talozi

--> Presentation:  Governance - by Saeb Bamya

--> Presentation: Supporting Governance in the LJR - by Therese Sjömander-Magnusson, SIWI

--> Presentation: Ecological Rehabilitation - by Banan El Sheikh

--> Presentation: Sustainable Tourism - by Jeroen Kool

--> Presentation:  Urban and Infrastructure Development - by Saad Khatib

--> Presentation: The Master Plan for the Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River  (phase A)  Israel's Lower Jordan River Drainage Authority - by Ram Aviram

--> Presentation: World Bank Experience on International Waters - by Dr. Claudia Sadoff

---> Video - International Support - from Member of the European Parliament, Mr Davor Skrlec

---> Video - International Support - from US Congressman, Earl Blumenauer

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Click here to read our MEDIA RELEASE

Click here to read MEDIA COVERAGE from the conference 

Click here for PHOTOS of the conference

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