September 25, 2011 – Water Justice Cannot Wait

Water Justice Cannot Wait

September 25, 2011

Tel Aviv, Bethlehem

EcoPeace Middle East is holding a 2 day workshop today and tomorrow in Beit Jala to review the application of the EcoPeace proposed Israel / Palestine “Model Water Accord” that presents an alternative structure to the present management mechanism that is outdated, inadequate, unfair and failing both peoples. This is part of the EU-supported “Transboundary Advocacy for Parliamentarians” project, a cross border project that promotes joint messaging for better, fairer and more sustainable management of the region’s shared water resources.

Two studies commissioned by EcoPeace; on the hydrology of the Al Auja Spring, and on the socio economic implications of water management issues related to Al Auja Village, will be presented for discussion during the workshop. Israeli and Palestinian Water experts have been invited to comment on the findings and give insights that could help further refine the Model Water Accord and participants will include Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli community members from the project.

Nader Khateeb, Palestinian Director at EcoPeace says “developing mechanisms for an emerging Palestinian State is crucial at this time, and this Model Water Accord exemplifies how a more equitable allocation of the region’s shared water resources is beneficial to both Israelis and Palestinians and that it is attainable.”

Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of EcoPeace states that “the workshop will allow the community representatives to voice their cross border water concerns and to better understand the Accord itself. Water should not be held hostage to the conflict, especially when a viable alternative option is placed on the table.”

For more information:

Gidon Bromberg: Israeli Director, EcoPeace Middle East  052-4532597

Nader Khateeb, Palestinian Director, EcoPeace Middle East  059-9606544

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This project is funded by the EU

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