Sept. 12-13, 2012 – Good Water Neighbors Regional Conference

GWN regional conference, Jericho

EcoPeace Middle East’s  “Good Water Neighbors” project held its annual Regional Conference in Jericho on Sept. 12-13, 2012.

280 Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians and International guests attended, learning about the cross border water “Priority Projects” identified in each of the “Good Water Neighbors” communities that were showcased at the conference.

Representatives from the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, the German Cooperation Agency and the Spanish Foundation for the Promotion of Social Culture in Jerusalem presented  their water & sanitation and other projects in the region, updating the audience on the wide spectrum of activities being undertaken.

Other important panelists included Parliamentarians from all 3 countries, as well as mayors / municipal representatives from the participating communities.

Click here for an agenda of the conference.

Background:

Over the past ten months, EcoPeace staff held many meetings with stakeholders in the communities, civil forums, decision makers and funding bodies to identify and prioritize the most urgent initiatives that need to be advanced in the GWN communities.

The outcome of this process is our latest publication entitled “Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues – Priority Initiatives for the communities of the Good Water Neighbors project“, presenting 19 ‘Project Briefs’.  These initiatives touch on immediate issues of concern — all achievable through practical steps that are outlined in the briefs.

These projects were presented at the Regional Conference in Jericho.