November 26, 2017
Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Amman
- GCSP – PRIZE FOR INNOVATION IN GLOBAL SECURITY 2017
The Geneva Center for Security Policy awarded EcoPeace Middle East’s Program on Water Security with this year’s Prize for Innovation in Global Security. The prize recognizes deserving individuals or organizations that have an innovative approach to addressing international security challenges. Members of the jury are composed of the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva; Former Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, Head of the Division for Security Policy in the Swiss Directorate of Political Affairs and others. The jury elected EcoPeace among 114 entrees from 50 countries, noting that environmental security is increasingly crucial in international conflict resolution.
Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva congratulated EcoPeace saying, “We need more creative minds to solve today’s security challenges”.
EcoPeace launched the Program on Water Security last year to share its successful environmental peacebuilding model to meet the urgent global need for cross-border cooperation to mitigate water conflict and manage shared freshwater ecosystems. Based in Washington DC, the program connects EcoPeace’s experience in the Middle East with the capacity building needs of civil society organizations coping with climate-induced water stress and conflict worldwide.
Ms. Marina Djernaes, Head of EcoPeace’s Program on Water Security, explained that “it is not easy to bring people together across the conflict, but when it is approached the right way, it is powerful. You see people realizing that they have more in common with common people on the other side of the conflict than the extremists on their own side”.
- EURO SOLAR PRIZE 2017
The European Solar Prize Award is handed out every year to towns and municipalities, community businesses, associations or organizations, architects, journalists and individuals for their extraordinary accomplishments and significant contributions to the use and expansion of renewable energy. EcoPeace Middle East’s Water & Energy Nexus project won this year’s prize in the Category “One World Cooperation”.
Prof. Peter Droege, Chairman of the jury and President of EUROSOLAR said that we “were selected from a wide range of applicants for the promotion of cooperation between conflicting parties and the development of relationships in order to find constructive solutions for environmental challenges”. The Prize committee explained: “with its approach, EcoPeace Middle East shows impressively how the use of renewable energy can help to increase water security and simultaneously decrease the potential of conflicts. The creation of social benefits and the weakness of dependence of oil can lead to a stable and more peaceful region.”
In the video acceptance speech, Ms. Yana Abu Taleb, Deputy Director of EcoPeace’s Amman office explained how “the Water and Energy Nexus project aims at creating an Israeli – Palestinian – Jordanian water energy community that borrows from the European experience in creating healthy resource interdependencies that augment national security. The concept is to investigate the feasibility of a water energy exchange whereby Israel and Palestine could produce desalinated water and deliver it to Jordan, and in exchange, Jordan could produce renewal energy and provide it to Israel and Palestine”.
EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists
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