January 17, 2007 – Jordanian Israeli Cooperation at the Dead Sea

Israeli Jordanian Mayors meeting 1.2007

EcoPeace initiated a visit for the Mayor of the Tamar Regional council, Mr. Dov Litvinoff, to meet his counterpart, Governor Ghaleb Al-Shamalyeh in Safi, Jordan.

The day included on-site visits and group discussions on several issues that have caused the environmental degradation of the Dead Sea.

Discussions included:

– Receding of the Dead Sea and sinkholes
– Poor use of fertilizers that leads to a joint fly problem in their areas
– The need for another border crossing, in the area of the Southern Dead Sea

A Memorandum of Understanding was then signed with a promise to work towards finding sustainable solutions to the economic and environmental issues at hand, through the building of a compost station, the building of an ecological cross border Peace Park at the Southern end of the Dead Sea, and calling for the opening of an additional border crossing to promote tourism and trade crossing.

They also reiterated the social and ecological importance of the Dead Sea area, and see its inscription for a UNESCO World Heritage Site as an important mechanism to rehabilitate the area.