Listed below are recent events that have taken place in the framework of the ‘Water & Energy Nexus’ project. All other events can be found throughout our Newsletters; link on our homepage.
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EcoPeace “Water and Energy Nexus” (WEN) Project Featured in the Economist
EcoPeace’s Water/Energy Nexus project (WEN) was featured in The Economist this past month, welcoming the initiative that introduces more efficient means to provide energy for desalination of water and promote cooperation in the region. The project is still in its early stages of research and development and is looking at how Israel, Jordan and Palestine can use water and energy to build a win-win relationship. We welcome this article and the gaining popularity of our study.
“WEN” National Conferences in Amman and Tel Aviv
EcoPeace’s Amman and Tel Aviv offices held national conferences for the Water / Energy Nexus project (WEN) on December 2nd and 3rd respectively in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Both events brought together experts, stakeholders, scholars, environmental activists and government officials to discuss the national report of the project. The Amman conference was divided into four sessions, which included presentations by the CEO’s of Kawar Energy and Philadelphia Solar who spoke about their successes and challenges in relation to renewable energy. The Tel Aviv conference included panel experts such as the USAID West Bank / Gaza Mission Director, Dave Harden, Deputy Minister for Regional Cooperation, MK Ayoub Kara, World Bank representatives, and leading academics and political figures.
Read more in these Jerusalem Post and Ha’aretz articles on the project’s press coverage page
EcoPeace at the International Water Association Conference
EcoPeace gave several presentations at the International Water Association conference held at the Dead Sea, Jordan from October 18 – 22, 2015. Our Jordanian Director, Munqeth Mehyar, presented EcoPeace’s Water Energy Nexus project as a catalyst for regional peace at a side event organized by SIDA titled “Learning from regional water cooperation in the MENA region“
EcoPeace’s Israeli Director presented the organization’s Water-Energy Nexus project at the 2nd German-Israeli Climate Talks at the Porter School of Environmental Studies of Tel Aviv University. The presentation entitled: “A Water Energy Nexus Across the Jordan for Stability and Climate Change Mitigation” focused on the rationale for creating a water-renewable energy community based on interdependence among Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, where much needed water is produced through desalination on the Israeli and Palestinian Mediterranean coasts, and additional electricity needs are met by extensive investment in solar renewable energy in Jordan’s eastern deserts.
Water & Energy Nexus Roundtable Events
The first two national roundtable discussion events of the Water Energy Nexus prefeasibility study were held in Israel and Jordan at the end of July, following advocacy efforts in Brussels and Berlin. The round tables aimed at introducing the water energy nexus approach and the pre-feasibility study to raise national interest and buy-in within the relevant government, NGO, and international agencies. Many recommendations, suggestions and lessons learnt from similar actions were raised and will be incorporated into the study. An additional roundtable session will be held in early August in Palestine. Both roundtables concluded with a clearer understanding of the project objectives while most participants expressed a willingness to work towards achieving its goal and create healthy inter-dependencies that could be the pillar for peaceful coexistence between our neighboring countries.
Water & Energy Nexus Advocacy Tour to Brussels and Berlin
As part of the advocacy efforts of EcoPeace’s newly launched Water & Energy Nexus Project (WEN), a delegation of eight professionals from EcoPeace and governmental representatives from Palestine, Jordan, and Israel conducted an introductory visit / advocacy tour to Brussels and Berlin between May 3rd and 8th. They conducted a series of meetings with officials from the EU parliament, the European Commission and research institutes.