The Dead Sea region is internationally known for its unique geographical, biological, and historical value.
It is the lowest point on earth and the world’s saltiest water body.
The Dead Sea waters, rich in a wide variety of minerals, are famous for their therapeutic qualities and the wetlands surrounding the Sea are blessed with unique flora and fauna.
Nevertheless, the Dead Sea is drying up at an alarming rate.
The primary cause of the rapid disappearance of the Dead Sea is the lack of water coming into it from the Lower Jordan River and various tributaries. The mineral extraction activities of the Dead Sea Works and the Arab Potash Company operating at the southern end of the Dead Sea also contributed to the demise of the Dead Sea, with industrial solar evaporation ponds being responsible for 30-40% of the depletion of the Dead Sea.
To date, the Dead Sea has already lost over 1/3 of its surface area, the sea level has fallen over 25 meters and is continuing to drop by over 1 meter per year, causing land-subsidence sinkholes and other irreversible damages.
EcoPeace is calling for the need to create a comprehensive integrated regional development plan for the entire Dead Sea region which would take into consideration both carrying capacities and rational target development rates.
The plan should be a collaborative effort with participation of all relevant riparian stakeholders; Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian, as well international interests.