Comments of EcoPeace / FoEME to World Bank Public Hearings concerning Red Dead Conduit Project, February 2013
These comments are prepared by EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East, a regional organization that brings together Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian environmentalists for the purpose of providing independent civil society input to the World Bank hearings scheduled for February 2013. They build on the 14 earlier reports and comments published and submitted by FoEME.
 
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FoEME Concerns to the World Bank Terms of Reference for the Red Sea – Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, Oct 2011
New concerns raised by FoEME in light of recent developments regarding the feasibility study of the Red Sea – Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, including a lack of transparency in the hearing process, questioning the independence of project-hired consultants, the shortened review period, the changed circumstances in the region, and the huge cost for moving forward.

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FoEME Comments to World Bank Public Hearing, June 2010
These comments are submitted by EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) to the World Bank in support of their efforts that would 'Save the Dead Sea' by promoting sustainable development.

These comments reflect the legitimate concerns of civil society that any investigation carried out be comprehensive and independent, with principles of sustainable development leading the process forward.

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FoEME comments to Side Event, Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Water, Dec 08
These comments were submitted by EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) during the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Water, held at the Dead Sea, in Jordan in December of 2008.

These comments reiterate the legitimate concerns of civil society, stressing that any investigation carried out be comprehensive and independent, with principles of sustainable development leading the process forward.

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FoEME Comments to the World Bank Public Hearing, July 08
These comments are submitted by EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) to the World Bank and the three participating governments Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in support of their efforts that would 'Save the Dead Sea' by promoting sustainable development.

These comments reflect the legitimate concerns of civil society that any investigation carried out be comprehensive and independent, with principles of sustainable development leading the process forward.

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FoEME Report on the proposed Red Dead Conduit - Summary (Hebrew)
This report summarizes FoEME's demands to the World Bank regarding the proposed Red Dead Conduit.

It was distributed to other organizations, stakeholders, academia and interested citizens in preparation for the World Bank hearing in Israel that took place in August, 2007.


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Comments of EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle, August 07
These comments are submitted by EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) to the World Bank and the three participating governments Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in support of their efforts that would 'Save the Dead Sea' by promoting sustainable development.

These comments build on uninvited comments made to earlier drafts of the project Terms of Reference (ToR), our May 2007 report and reflect the legitimate concerns of civil society that any investigation carried out is comprehensive and independent, with principles of sustainable development leading the process forward.

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FoEME Report on the Proposed Red Dead Conduit
This paper reviews the latest reports produced by GSI, RSS and WEDO (see below) and highlights key points of concern to FoEME as regards the four issues studied.

The paper then details the justification for studying the Jordan River alternative and why its exclusion from the ToR may constitute a breach of World Bank Operational Guidelines.

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Red Sea-Dead Sea Conduit - Geo-Environmental Study
This report addresses issues such as the vulnerability of the Arava Valley region to continuous leaks and/or accidental spill of seawater from the Red Dead Canal; potential danger to the conduit from floods initiated within the drainage basin of the Arava Valley, and various aspects related to recent and sub-recent tectonic activity in the Arava Valley.

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Marine Environment Component Study
The Royal Scientific Society of Jordan presents its final report here describing the physical, biological and chemical features and characteristics of the proposed site for the Red Sea - Dead Sea Conduit project, located at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba.

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A Multi-Component Chemistry-Based Model for the Dead Sea
This report summarizes much of the Geological Survey of Israel's activities over the past two years in conjunction with the Red Dead Canal. As outlined in this report, the uniqueness of the Dead Sea poses some challenging and practical as well as scientific problems.

Click here for the pdf version of the publication (and not under the image at the right)

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Socio-Economic Report of the Red Dead Canal
The Royal Scientific Society (RSS) was assigned by FoEME to research and evaluate the long-term socio-economic issues related to the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea conduit.

This study aims at analyzing and predicting the long term impacts of the RDC project on the social and economical activities focusing on the industrial projects, tourism facilities and the different communities distributed in Wadi Araba, Dead Sea and Gulf of Aqaba (northern part).

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Socio-Economic Study in Israel and Palestine
This report covers the socio-economic component study in relation to the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea conduit that was carried out by the Water and Environment Development Organization (WEDO).

The target group of this impact study extends along the western side of the Dead Sea Rift Valley (from the northern part of the Dead Sea to the northern head of the Gulf of Aqaba) and was carried out largely via questionnaries.

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Comments to the World Bank Terms of Reference for the Red Sea - Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, May 04
These comments are submitted by Friends of the Earth Middle East to the World Bank and the three participating governments of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in support of their efforts that would 'Save the Dead Sea' by promoting sustainable development.

The comments made, though uninvited, reflect the legitimate concerns of civil society that any investigation carried out be comprehensive and independent.

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Comments to the World Bank Terms of Reference for for the Red Sea - Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, May 03
FoEME has critiqued the World Bank's Terms of Reference, saying that investigating the promotion of sustainable development around the Dead Sea should be the issue of the project in question and therefore the focus of the World Bank ToR as this would better reflect the shared vision of all three-core parties.

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