This page includes publications related to EcoPeace’s Community project, including Youth Education, and are organized according to:
1) “Priority Initiatives”
2) Concept Documents
3) Neighbors Paths
4) Youth Education
5) Global efforts
Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues 2016
This publication describes the 2016 efforts of the Good Water Neighbors project team to identify environmental challenges and provide feasible solutions for “Priority Initiatives” in the participating communities.
Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues 2013
This publication describes the 2013 efforts of the Good Water Neighbors project team to identify environmental challenges and provide feasible solutions for “Priority Initiatives” in the participating communities.
Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues 2012
This publication describes the efforts of the Good Water Neighbors project team to identify environmental challenges and provide feasible solutions for “Priority Initiatives” in the participating communities.
Project Briefs outline the current state of affairs with respect to threats and opportunities to the environment and water supply, the objectives that each proposed response aims to achieve, and the steps required to advance each Priority Initiative. Each Project Brief is designed as a roadmap to guide the efforts of stakeholders through project activities and as a tool for informing government decision makers and international donor organizations about the Priority Initiatives.
Identifying Common Environmental Problems and Shared Solutions
This publication, the first in a series, is a reflection of the ongoing efforts made by EcoPeace’s Good Water Neighbors communities to overcome the environmental challenges they face with a particular focus on cross border solutions.
Why Cooperate Over Water?
Shared Waters of Palestine, Israel and Jordan: Cross border crises and the need for trans-national solutions.This report summarizes the interrelated water problems faced by Israel, Palestine and Jordan, focusing on their shared water basins and highlighting the urgency behind the need to cooperate, and the values and principles underlying the type of cooperation espoused by EcoPeace Middle East.
Click here for the Hebrew version of the publication.
Click here for an “INSERT” to the publication – with updates from 2010-2016
Environmental Peacebuilding Theory and Practice
A comprehensive review of the theoretical frameworks that guide the emerging field of environmental peacebulding and their application on the ground, as evident in this evaluation of the Good Water Neighbors program, authored by Nicole Harari.
Part Two of the report includes an In Depth Analysis of the Wadi Fukin / Tzur Hadassah Communities, by Jesse Roseman.
Good Water Neighbors
“A Model for Community Development Programs in Regions of Conflict. Developing cross-border community partnerships to overcome conflict and advance human security.”The Good Water Neighbors project was established by EcoPeace Middle East in 2001 to raise awareness of the shared water problems of Palestinians, Jordanians and Israelis.
This publication is a comprehensive report covering activities over the first 4 years of the project.
The Transboundary Advocacy of Parliamentarians (TAP) project aimed to raise awareness among the elected representatives and decision makers in Palestine, Jordan and Israel, on the need to find sustainable solutions to the threats facing the region’s shared waters. TAP specifically aimed to bring together, for the first time, members from communities across conflict divides to jointly advocate decision makers on the need to establish cooperative transnational mechanisms to jointly manage shared waters: the Mountain and Coastal Aquifers, shared streams, the Jordan River and the Dead Sea.
Southern Dead Sea Border Crossing – Regional Cooperation and Prosperity
Border crossings between Israel and Jordan are presently limited to the Jordan River Crossing and the Araba/Arava Crossing, 200 kilometers in either direction from the Dead Sea communities of the Tamar Regional Council and South Ghor Municipality.In order to create the livelihood opportunities and promote sustainable development in the southern Dead Sea area, a new border crossing is required in the spirit of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty.
Neighbors Paths Brochures – Jordanian communities
Neighbors Paths / Community Tours for the 4 participating GWN communities in Jordan: Moaz Bin Jabal, Tabkat Fahal, Dier Allah and Safi.
The trails follow the path of water and how communities have related to their water resources both in the past and in the present. Many trails highlight the rich history found in the region but also reveal degradation and pollution, often “not seen” by local residents themselves.
Neighbors Paths Brochures – Palestinian Communities
Neighbors Paths for the 6 participating GWN communities in Palestine: Abasan, Wadi Fukin, Tulkarem, Baka al Sharkia, Jericho and Auja.
Neighbors Paths Brochures – Israeli communities
Neighbors Paths for the 7 participating GWN communities in Israel: Jordan Valley, Beit She’an Valley / City, Tamar, Eshkol, Tsur Hadassah, Emek Hefer and Baka al Gharbia.
Click here for a short synopsis of the Israeli communities “Neighbors Paths” (in Hebrew)
Resource Guide for Environmental Educators
This Resource Guide was written for the educational work in the “Good Water Neighbors” project. It is an educational tool to convey EcoPeace Middle East’s messages to our youth, and is designed to expand their circles of belonging; from individual, to family level, to school level, to the community level and finally to explore the reality of water in each geographic region, which includes the neighboring community.
In addition, click here for the:
Community GIS – Youth Taking Action Identifying Environmental Hazards in Jordan, Palestine and Israel
EcoPeace launched the Community Geographic Instrument System (CGIS) project in January 2009, adding a new level of youth activity to the Good Water Neighbors Project.
This publication highlights the accomplishments of the CGIS project by the youth “Water Trustees”, Field Staff and other community members as to transboundary water issues and related health risks derived from environmental hazards.
Click here for the Hebrew version
This book was written by WaterCare, a Multilateral Working Group on Water Resources and the Middle East Peace Process with the cooperation of Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian teams.
Good Water Neighbors in Bosnia
EcoPeace’s Good Water Neighbors project was adopted in Bosnia Herzegovina this last year (2014-2015), and carried out by the Bosnian environmental NGO Center for Ecology and Energy.
This publication is a culmination of the year’s activities where youth from the different ethnic communities that reside around the polluted Spreca River learned about the importance of working together to rehabilitate their shared environment.