This page includes publications related to EcoPeace’s Jordan River rehabilitation efforts and are organized according to:
1) Materials for our FAITH BASED CAMPAIGN;
2) Publications relating to our NGO MASTER PLAN;
3) Reports concluding RESEARCH undertaken;
4) Supporting DOCUMENTS by several EcoPeace interns;
5) CONCEPT DOCUMENTS and BROCHURES;
6) Material related to our vision of the JORDAN RIVER PEACE PARK
1) FAITH BASED CAMPAIGN MATERIAL
Come Together at the River
This booklet aims to provide tour guides with a handbook of useful information so that they can educate tourists in the region to better understand and appreciate the majesty of the Jordan River and its surrounding areas, but also the challenges faced.It specifically covers sites of religious interest – Christian, Muslim and Jewish – in an effort to teach about the importance of the Jordan River to all the faiths that care deeply about the River. It also explains the impacts that human actions have had on the shared water resources of the region, and how, in sharing the stories of the Jordan River Valley, ancient and modern, tour guides are able to inspire others to care for its protection.
Jordan River Covenant
As part of the Jordan River faith based campaign, EcoPeace is launching the Jordan River Covenant – a visionary document which both condemns the degradation of the valley and expresses our vision of a healthy, living river. We are asking faith based leadership, national leaders and members of the public to endorse this document as an expression of their support for the rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River.
Water, Ecology and the Jordan River in the Christian Tradition
This is a toolkit of information to help Christian communities learn about the condition of the Jordan River and join in efforts to rehabilitate the once mighty Jordan. The document describes the demise of the Jordan River, what went wrong, and why it matters; provides a compilation of writings about the place of the Jordan River in the Christian tradition, texts, prayers, songs, poems, essays and lesson plans to assist educators in designing programs for a wide range of age groups as well as suggestions for how your community can support regional efforts to rehabilitate the Jordan River.Click here for an Arabic version of this publication.
Water, Ecology and the Jordan River in Islam
This is a toolkit of information to help Muslim communities learn about the condition of the Jordan River and join in efforts to rehabilitate the once mighty Jordan. The document describes the demise of the Jordan River, what went wrong, and why it matters; provides a compilation of writings about the place of the Jordan River in the Muslim tradition, texts, prayers, songs, poems, essays and lesson plans to assist educators in designing programs for a wide range of age groups as well as suggestions for how your community can support regional efforts to rehabilitate the Jordan River.Click here for an Arabic version of this publication.
Water, Ecology and the Jordan River in the Jewish Tradition
This is a toolkit of information to help Jewish communities learn about the condition of the Jordan River and join in efforts to rehabilitate the once mighty Jordan. The document describes the demise of the Jordan River, what went wrong, and why it matters; provides a compilation of writings about the place of the Jordan River in the Jewish tradition, texts, prayers, songs, poems, essays and lesson plans to assist educators in designing programs for a wide range of age groups as well as suggestions for how your community can support regional efforts to rehabilitate the Jordan River.Click here for a Hebrew version of this publication.
2) NGO MASTER PLAN FOR THE JORDAN RIVER VALLEY
Regional NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley
A Regional Integrated NGO Master Plan for the Jordan Valley, from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea. A Marshal Plan that converts a polluted river and highly depressed economic area to a model for river rehabilitation, economic growth, and regional stability.
127 specific regional and national projects (“interventions“) have been identified in the framework of the Master Plan, with a total investment value of 4.58 billion USD until the year 2050.
The interventions are grouped around the strategic planning objectives: Pollution Control, Sustainable Water Management and River Rehabilitation, Sustainable Agriculture, Jordan River Basin Governance, Ecological Rehabilitation, Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage Development, and Urban and Infrastructure Development.
Jordanian National Master Plan for the Jordan River Valley
This Jordanian National Master Plan for the Jordan River Valley describes the current land and water related issues in the Lower Jordan River Valley, and the projections in the basin for the years 2025 and 2050. It presents the major challenges in the basin towards creating sustainable development conditions, including environmental flows provided through its natural resources; a healthy eco-system; equitable sharing of water resources, including a list of prioritized interventions that will restore the valley‘s environmental and ecological values within a realistic financial and economic framework.
This Master Plan has been developed with full support from the Jordan Valley Authority (JVA).
Palestinian NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development of the Lower Part of the Jordan River Basin
Further to the Regional NGO Master Plan for the Sustainable Development of the Jordan Valley (as above), this document is the Palestinian National Master Plan which aims to identify feasible interventions that will restore the environmental and ecological values within a defined financial and economic framework, as studied by Palestinian experts, and dependent on an equitable share of the basin’s resources.
Click here for the accompanying “Interventions” document as identified in the Palestinan National Master Plan
Governance Structures for Transboundary Water Management in the Jordan Basin
This report was commissioned from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) by EcoPeace Middle East for the benefit of a wide range of stakeholders concerned with designing and establishing a future basin governance structure for the Lower Jordan River. Through review and discussion of the information and experiences collected here, riparian stakeholders can explore issues and options related to governance structure, basin instruments, mandate, dispute mechanisms, financing and specifically how a future Jordan River basin structure might be shaped.
Click here for a shorter “Brief” of the publication
3) SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Towards a Living Jordan River: An Environmental Flows Report on the Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River
This new environmental flows study provides a first-ever regional study of the Lower Jordan River undertaken by Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian experts. It identifies the current conditions of the Lower Jordan River and proposes a regional strategy to rehabilitate the historic river.
This study concludes that 400-600 million cubic meters (mcm) of water are needed to rehabilitate the Lower Jordan River. EcoPeace recommends that Israel allocate 220 mcm, Syria 100 mcm and Jordan 90 mcm of water to meet this rehabilitation goal. In addition, EcoPeace recommends that Palestine, as a riparian to the river, receive a fair share of the Lower Jordan River’s water resources.
Towards a Living Jordan River: Regional Economic Benefits Study
This Regional Benefits Study provides a critical scientific tool to help decision makers determine how water resources should be allocated in the Lower Jordan River basin by identifying the benefits that can be derived from various rehabilitation scenarios. It’s findings provide decision makers, donors, and regional actors with insight and appraisal of opportunities for development that would result from a rehabilitated Lower Jordan River. These results identify positive-sum outcomes to responsible river management and rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River.
Click here for the Arabic version of the Report
Click here for the Executive Summary in English
Click here for the Executive Summary in Hebrew
Click here for the Executive Summary in Arabic
Click here for a power point presentation about this study
Click here for a recent article of this report in the August 2014 edition of the “Regional Environmental Change” magazine, entitled “Once there was a river: a benefit–cost analysis of rehabilitation of the Jordan River“.
Roadmap for the Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River
This report, prepared by DHV Consultancy and Engineers on behalf of EcoPeace Tel Aviv using the innovative WEAP program, integrates the most up-to-date data regarding water sources, land and water use in the basin, climate change impacts, national plans that relate to the Lower Jordan and more, to give a clear projection for the future of the Lower Jordan and offer solutions for how Israeli decision makers can directly contribute to the river’s rehabilitation.The model demonstrates that a combination of implementing the mid-term plans already being advanced by the Israeli government, and cost effective water demand management strategies advocated by EcoPeace can return fresh water back into the Lower Jordan River to meet environmental flow recommendations.
Towards A Living Jordan River: An Economic Analysis of Policy Options for Water Conservation in Jordan, Israel and Palestine
This economic study concludes that 517 million cubic meters (mcm) of water can be saved/produced in Israel, an additional 305 mcm in Jordan and 92 mcm in Palestine, at less than the marginal cost of water. In all, nearly a billion cubic meters of water can be saved in the region – part of which, from Israel and Jordan, can be utilized to meet the rehabilitation goal for the Lower Jordan River and to restore Palestinian water rights.
Click here for an Executive Summary in English.
An Economic Analysis of Policy Options for Water Conservation in Israel
This report provides an analysis of opportunities to conserve freshwater within Israel. It estimates the water savings from a range of different policies. The study primarily addresses demand management measures, as these have already been identified as representing the cheapest, technologically easiest, and most environmentally beneficial means of living within a strict water budget.
The study concludes that over 690 million cubic meters (mcm) of freshwater per year could potentially be available for conservation efforts. Of this, over 500 mcm can potentially be conserved at costs less than the marginal cost of water, i.e., the cost of desalination. An additional 150+ mcm of water per year can be conserved with current technology, but at costs that make it uncompetitive with desalination. Implementing the cost-effective measures would make unnecessary three large desalination plants, or alternatively, would free up water that could be returned to the natural flows of rivers. This amount represents nearly half of the natural flow of the Lower Jordan River.
Click here for this study in HEBREW
Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis Report – Jordan
This report provides an analysis of opportunities to conserve freshwater resources in Jordan. Based on the analysis of the present status of water resources in Jordan and existing regulatory tools, possible alternatives of water savings in each sector of the Jordanian economy were identified and evaluated for their cost-effectiveness.
The report concludes that an estimated 288 million cubic meters of water could be conserved in Jordan using strategies that are both cost effective and are relatively feasible.
Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis Report – Palestine
This report provides an analysis of opportunities to conserve freshwater resources in Palestine.
The report identifies an estimated 92 million cubic meters of water that could be conserved in Palestine through water saving strategies. This quantity of water would not be directed to rehabilitate the Lower Jordan River, as Palestine diverts next to no water from the Lower Jordan River system, rather water savings could improve conservation efforts and highlight the need for Palestine to receive a fair share of the river’s water.
4) SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS BY INTERNS
Implementing water markets in the Jordan Valley to insure environmental flows in drought periods
Water markets are among the tools implemented to help sustain environmental flows in basins facing water scarcity issues worldwide. We explore here the possibility of such a market for the Jordan River Basin, with a buy-back mechanism limited to drought periods. The mechanism, inspired by Australian experiences, could contribute to the rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River, by recovering water for the River from the agricultural sector, based on farmers’ voluntary participation.
Water and Sanitation in the Palestinian Jordan Valley: A 2011 Snapshot
‘Water and Sanitation in the Palestinian Jordan Valley: A 2011 Snapshot’ is a study undertaken by EcoPeace Middle East to strengthen the knowledge base on the current water and sanitation situation in the Palestinian Jordan Valley. Compiled from a variety of sources, and substantiated by field research, the study seeks to shed light on the stark reality of water scarcity and environmental degradation in the Palestinian Jordan Valley.
Economic Benefits of Access to a Healthy Lower Jordan River for Palestinian Economy
EcoPeace has undertaken this report with the aim to highlight the importance of a healthy Jordan River for the economic benefits of the West Bank, and to foster Palestinian political and public support for the rehabilitation of this historical river. Six development options are highlighted within the paper, and each option could be considered as one piece of a larger plan towards the sustainable development of the Palestinian economy. This report takes as its starting point the necessity of securing fair access and equitable allocation of freshwater resources for the development of the Palestine economy.
You can also read this report in power point presentation format here.
Environmental Flows and River Basin Management: Case Studies Towards Exploring Best Practices
An environmental flow is the water allocated to a given managed watercourse to maintain a healthy ecosystem when unsustainable usage of water resources has strained them beyond their capacity to function, or is projected to in the future.
This paper outlines best practice approaches for providing environmental flows to regulated river water systems in order to maintain their ecological health. Several case studies are examined that draw on different political contexts and institutional arrangements.
5) CONCEPT DOCUMENTS, BROCHURES
Take Me Over the Jordan
This 2012 concept document is intended as an update to EcoPeace Middle East’s March 2005 publication, Crossing the Jordan.
This revision synthesizes the earlier document with research EcoPeace has since published: an environmental flows report on the rehabilitation of the river; economic analyses of opportunities to conserve and produce water in Palestine, Jordan, and Israel; a roadmap for Israel in the initial phase of the rehabilitation of the Jordan River; and a study of the shared economic benefits of the river’s rehabilitation. This document also refers to new studies, such as faith-based toolkits to engage the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in river rehabilitation, a regional NGO master plan for the Lower Jordan River, and the publication of a proposal for a Model Basin Commission for the Lower Jordan River (that were then only being developed, and have since been published).
Crossing the Jordan
Concept Document to Rehabilitate, Promote Prosperity and Help Bring Peace to the Lower Jordan River Valley (March 2005).
This concept document is not the end product but rather the start of a regional effort to raise awareness, educate and influence decision makers, the media and the public at large as to the current demise of the Lower Jordan River.
Jordan River Brochure
A newer set of brochures, with photos, maps, and a short description of the Jordan River Valley with an up-to-date overview of the natural and cultural highlights of the Lower Jordan River Valley, the threats facing the river, and EcoPeace Middle East’s recommendations.
Let the Jordan River Flow – Brochure
This brochure, with photos, map, and a short description of the Jordan River Valley opens up to an overview explaining the natural and cultural highlights of the Lower Jordan River Valley, the threats facing the river, and EcoPeace Middle East’s recommendations.
Let the Jordan River Flow – Poster
This poster calls for the rehabilitation of the Jordan River – NOW!
It has been produced in Hebrew and Arabic as well.
6) JORDAN RIVER PEACE PARK
Promise of Peace
EcoPeace’s first photography book, “A Promise of Peace” highlights the unique cultural and natural heritage sites found within the proposed Jordan River Peace Park. The stunning photographs, by photographer Eddie Gerald, remind us anew what we are working to protect and restore.
Copies of “A Promise of Peace” are available for purchase at 40 Euros/copy by writing to [email protected].>
Jordan River Peace Park Pre Feasibility Study
This pre-feasibility study provides an analysis of the current environmental, socio-economic, and water resources in the area of the proposed Jordan River Peace Park.
A conceptual design was prepared for the rehabilitation and proposed use of the structures in the area. The study also addresses the management and security issues for the operation of the proposed Peace Park. The financial analysis undertaken here shows the project to be financially and economically feasible.
How Past Trans-boundary Security Arrangements Can Change the Future of Peace Parks in the Tri-partite Region
This paper looks at precedents on the Israel-Jordan border that have set the tone for joint-cooperation, economic development and environmental sustainability. It illustrates a sample of regional agreements that vary in nature (industrial, environmental, educational, religious), focusing on the security arrangements-aspect of the studied initiatives.