Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues 2016

This publication describes the 2016 efforts of the Good Water Neighbors project team to identify environmental challenges and provide feasible solutions for "Priority Initiatives" in the participating communities.


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Good Water Neighbors in Bosnia

EcoPeace's Good Water Neighbors project was adopted in Bosnia Herzegovina this last year (2014-2015), and carried out by the Bosnian environmental NGO Center for Ecology and Energy.  

This publication is a culmination of the year's activities where youth from the different ethnic communities that reside around the polluted Spreca River learned about the importance of working together to rehabilitate their shared environment. 


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Resource Guide for Environmental Educators
This Resource Guide was written for the educational work in the "Good Water Neighbors" project. It is an educational tool to convey FoEME messages to our youth, and is designed to expand their circles of belonging; from individual, to family level, to school level, to the community level and finally to explore the reality of water in each geographic region, which includes the neighboring community.

Click here for the Resource Guide (in English) (and not under the icon on the right)

Resource Guide in Hebrew
Resource Guide in Arabic (Palestinian version)
Resource Guide in Arabic (Jordanian version)


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Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues 2013
This publication describes the 2013 efforts of the Good Water Neighbors project team to identify environmental challenges and provide feasible solutions for "Priority Initiatives" in the participating communities.


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Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues 2012
This publication describes the efforts of the Good Water Neighbors project team to identify environmental challenges and provide feasible solutions for "Priority Initiatives" in the participating communities.
 
Project Briefs outline the current state of affairs with respect to threats and opportunities to the environment and water supply, the objectives that each proposed response aims to achieve, and the steps required to advance each Priority Initiative. Each Project Brief is designed as a roadmap to guide the efforts of stakeholders through project activities and as a tool for informing government decision makers and international donor organizations about the Priority Initiatives.

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Why Cooperate Over Water?
Shared Waters of Palestine, Israel and Jordan: Cross border crises and the need for trans-national solutions.
 
This report summarizes the interrelated water problems faced by Israel, Palestine and Jordan, focusing on their shared water basins and highlighting the urgency behind the need to cooperate, and the values and principles underlying the type of cooperation espoused by Friends of the Earth Middle East.
 
Click here for the Hebrew version of the publication.
Click here for an "INSERT" to the publication - with updates from 2010-2016.

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Community GIS - Youth Taking Action Identifying Environmental Hazards in Jordan, Palestine and Israel
FoEME launched the Community Geographic Instrument System (CGIS) project in January 2009, adding a new level of youth activity to the Good Water Neighbors Project.
 
This publication highlights the accomplishments of the CGIS project by the youth "Water Trustees", Field Staff and other community members as to transboundary water issues and related health risks derived from environmental hazards.

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Community GIS - Youth Taking Action Identifying Environmental Hazards in Jordan, Palestine and Israel
This is the Hebrew version publication of the above.  (Arabic version to be posted soon)

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'TAP' Brochure
Transboundary Advocacy of Parliamentarians (TAP) is a new project that aims to raise awareness among the elected representatives and decision makers in Palestine, Jordan and Israel, on the need to find sustainable solutions to the threats facing the region’s shared waters.
 
TAP specifically aims to bring together, for the first time, members from communities across conflict divides to jointly advocate decision makers on the need to establish cooperative transnational mechanisms to jointly manage shared waters: the Mountain and Coastal Aquifers, shared streams, the Jordan River and the Dead Sea.
 
Click here for the Brochure in Hebrew
Click here for the Brochure in Arabic

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Environmental Peacebuilding Theory and Practice
A comprehensive review of the theoretical frameworks that guide the emerging field of environmental peacebulding and their application on the ground, as evident in this evaluation of the Good Water Neighbors program, authored by Nicole Harari.
Part Two of the report includes an In Depth Analysis of the Wadi Fukin / Tzur Hadassah Communities, by Jesse Roseman.

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Identifying Common Environmental Problems and Shared Solutions
This publication, the first in a series, is a reflection of the ongoing efforts made by FoEME's Good Water Neighbors communities to overcome the environmental challenges they face with a particular focus on cross border solutions

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Good Water Neighbors
"A Model for Community Development Programs in Regions of Conflict. Developing cross-border community partnerships to overcome conflict and advance human security."

The Good Water Neighbors project was established by EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East in 2001 to raise awareness of the shared water problems of Palestinians, Jordanians and Israelis.

This publication is a comprehensive report covering activities over the first 4 years of the project.

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Neighbors Paths Brochures - Jordanian communities
Neighbors Paths / Community Tours for the 4 participating GWN communities in Jordan: Moaz Bin Jabal, Tabkat Fahal, Dier Allah and Safi.

The trails follow the path of water and how communities have related to their water resources both in the past and in the present. Many trails highlight the rich history found in the region but also reveal degradation and pollution, often "not seen" by local residents themselves.

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Neighbors Paths Brochures - Palestinian Communities
Neighbors Paths for the 6 participating GWN communities in Palestine: Abasan, Wadi Fukin, Tulkarem, Baka al Sharkia, Jericho and Auja.

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Neighbors Paths Brochures - Israeli communities
Neighbors Paths for the 7 participating GWN communities in Israel: Jordan Valley, Beit She'an Valley / City, Tamar, Eshkol, Tsur Hadassah, Emek Hefer and Baka al Gharbia.

Click here for a short synopsis of the Israeli communities "Neighbors Paths" (in Hebrew)

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Neighbors Paths - Alternative 3 day tour of Jordan
For Israelis - NEW! An alternative 3 day tour to Jordan, combining several of Friends of the Earth Middle East's new "Neighbors Paths" in Jordan. See PDF file on the right (in Hebrew)


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Southern Dead Sea Border Crossing - Regional Cooperation and Prosperity
Border crossings between Israel and Jordan are presently limited to the Jordan River Crossing and the Araba/Arava Crossing, 200 kilometers in either direction from the Dead Sea communities of the Tamar Regional Council and South Ghor Municipality.

In order to create the livelihood opportunities and promote sustainable development in the southern Dead Sea area, a new border crossing is required in the spirit of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty.


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Municipal Cooperation across Conflict Divides - A Preliminary Study
In over ten years of work in the conflict-ridden Middle East, EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) has witnessed progress on environmental problems between local communities and municipalities from both sides of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict despite very difficult political and economic circumstances. Such progress was remarkable, especially in the light of the failure of national governments to solve pressing pollution problems during the same period.

This brief study aims to examine whether such cooperation is to be found in other conflict settings around the world, and importantly, to determine the conditions necessary for such cooperation to take place.

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Brochure - Emek Hefer, Israel
This brochure of Emek Hefer tells about the community, the water source that runs through it, and activities that have taken place in the context of the "Good Water Neighbors" project.


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Poster - Sharhabil bin Hassaneh Park, Jordan
The Good Water Neighbors project assisted in creating the first recreational park in the North Shuneh area in Jordan. This poster calls for community involvement in the upkeep of the new park.

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Brochure - Sheikh Hussein, Jordan
This eleven page brochure describes the activities of the Good Water Neighbors project in the Jordanian community of Sheikh Hussein, including the Sharabil Hassene Park, created and maintained by Friends of the Earth Middle East.

CLICK HERE to view the brochure (and not on the icon on the right)


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Brochure - Safi, Jordan
An 8 page brochure on the Good Water Neighbors activities in the community of Safi, as well as characteristics of the community itself.


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Brochure - Moaz bin Jabal, Jordan
This eight page brochure describes the activities of the Good Water Neighbors project in the Jordanian community of Moaz bin Jabal, including the proposed Transboundary Peace Park in the Bakoora area of the Jordan River.

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Brochure - Dier Allah
This 14 page brochure describes the activities of the Good Water Neighbors project in the Jordanian community of Dier Allah.

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Brochure - Abasan, Gaza
This brochure was published for the community in Abasan, Gaza. It depitcs the pollution in the nearby water source, Wadi Gaza, with children active in the Good Water Neighbors project on field trips in the area.


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Poster - Tulkarem, Palestine
The need to rehabilitate Wadi Zoomer, the water source in Tulkarem, Palestine - that then turns into the Alexander Stream on the Israeli side - is well depicted in this poster.


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Brochure - Tulkarem, Palestine

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