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The “Green Economy Initiatives” (GEI) project highlights the economic opportunities that can arise from cross border cooperation, directly benefiting the local populations.

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 The "Green Economy Initiatives" project aims to advance economic benefits through cross-border cooperation among enterprises in neighboring communities working towards sustainable use of shared environmental resources.

UNECE (UN Economic Commission for Europe):
"Green economy is an economy that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. It can be seen as a means to achieve a resilient economy that provides a better quality of life for all within the ecological limits of the planet. It can be also seen as a means to link the economic, environmental and social considerations of sustainable development in such a manner that long-term economic development is achieved by investing in environmentally friendly and socially equitable solutions".

The project seeks to scale up and expand business and marketing opportunities through cross-border cooperative efforts focused on protecting environmental resources, while demonstrating the linked financial value of cross-border cooperation and “green” enterprises.

In this project EcoPeace takes a very practical approach in order to create new income potential that will gain involvement of local stakeholders and advance willingness to support and develop existing enterprises, based on our eco- and peace- tourism assets developed over the years, with a particular focus on the Jordan – Dead Sea Valley area and the West Bethlehem / Mate Yehuda areas.

Tour Operators and Tour Guides whose businesses are presently active in these regions have developed partnerships and cross-border itineraries that address interests in education, pilgrimage, cultural, political, peace and environment oriented tours and short or long-term programs. These in turn, support green enterprises in local communities including adventure tourism, food production and services, agriculture, natural and cultural heritage, and women empowerment initiatives.
Green Initiatives who share our regional vision of environmental interdependency and concepts of peaceful cross-border environmental cooperation that are involved in the project can be reached through our EcoPeace GEI listing (so far, the list includes Israeli vendors only).

Akin to the “peace dividend” concept, the Green Economy Initiatives project demonstrates how local, national, and regional efforts to protect shared environmental resources contribute to economic growth.

Click here for a power presentation of Green Economy concepts in general, and this project in particular.

Following UNEP and Green Globe guidelines on determining if a business is "Green" (levels of Sustainable Management / Environmental Impact / Community & Culture / Social and Economic Conduct), FoEME project staff compiled a "Green Business Checklist" and a "Green Economy Criteria and Evaluation".

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This project is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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