This page includes the many publications produced by EcoPeace Middle East regarding the Dead Sea.  They are presented below in this order:

1) Red Dead Canal – Research Studies and Comments to the World Bank
2) Concept Documents & Brochures
3) Other reports 

1) RED DEAD CANAL

EcoPeace Comments on the Red Dead Canal 2013

Comments of EcoPeace to World Bank Public Hearings concerning Red Dead Conduit Project, February 2013

These comments, prepared by EcoPeace Middle East, a regional organization that brings together Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian environmentalists, for the purpose of providing independent civil society input to the World Bank hearings held on February 2013. They build on the 14 earlier reports and comments published and submitted by EcoPeace.

Click here for the comments in Hebrew
Click here for a one page poster in English of the main points
Click here for a one page poster in Hebrew of the main points

EcoPeace comments to Red Dead Canal 2011

EcoPeace Concerns to the World Bank Terms of Reference for the Red Sea – Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, October 2011

New concerns raised by EcoPeace in light of recent developments regarding the feasibility study of the Red Sea – Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, including a lack of transparency in the hearing process, questioning the independence of project-hired consultants, the shortened review period, the changed circumstances in the region, and the huge cost for moving forward.

EcoPeace Comments to Red Dead Canal 2010

EcoPeace Comments to World Bank Public Hearing, June 2010

These comments are submitted by EcoPeace Middle East to the World Bank in support of their efforts that would ‘Save the Dead Sea’ by promoting sustainable development.

These comments reflect the legitimate concerns of civil society that any investigation carried out be comprehensive and independent, with principles of sustainable development leading the process forward.

EcoPeace comments on Red Dead Canal 2008

EcoPeace comments to Side Event, Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Water, December 2008

These comments were submitted by EcoPeace Middle East during the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Water, held at the Dead Sea, in Jordan in December of 2008.

These comments reiterate the legitimate concerns of civil society, stressing that any investigation carried out be comprehensive and independent, with principles of sustainable development leading the process forward.

EcoPeace comments on Red Dead Canal July 2008

EcoPeace Comments to the World Bank Public Hearing, July 2008

These comments are submitted by EcoPeace Middle East to the World Bank and the three participating governments Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in support of their efforts that would ‘Save the Dead Sea’ by promoting sustainable development.

These comments reflect the legitimate concerns of civil society that any investigation carried out be comprehensive and independent, with principles of sustainable development leading the process forward.

EcoPece comments on Red Dead Canal Hebrew 2007

EcoPeace Report on the proposed Red Dead Conduit – Summary (Hebrew) – August 2007

This report summarizes EcoPeace’s demands to the World Bank regarding the proposed Red Dead Conduit.

It was distributed to other organizations, stakeholders, academia and interested citizens in preparation for the World Bank hearing in Israel that took place in August, 2007.

EcoPeace comments on Red Dead Canal 2007

Comments of EcoPeace Middle East, August 2007

These comments are submitted by EcoPeace Middle East to the World Bank and the three participating governments Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in support of their efforts that would ‘Save the Dead Sea’ by promoting sustainable development.

These comments build on uninvited comments made to earlier drafts of the project Terms of Reference (ToR), our May 2007 report and reflect the legitimate concerns of civil society that any investigation carried out is comprehensive and independent, with principles of sustainable development leading the process forward.

EcoPeace Study on Red Dead Canal

EcoPeace Middle East Report on the Proposed Red Dead Conduit

This paper reviews the reports produced by GSI, RSS and WEDO (see below) and highlights key points of concern to EcoPeace as regards the four issues studied.

The paper then details the justification for studying the Jordan River alternative and why its exclusion from the ToR may constitute a breach of World Bank Operational Guidelines.

Click here for a Hebrew summary of this report

Geological Survey of Israel Study on Red Dead Canal Geo Environment

Red Sea-Dead Sea Conduit – Geo-Environmental Study

This report addresses issues such as the vulnerability of the Arava Valley region to continuous leaks and/or accidental spill of seawater from the Red Dead Canal; potential danger to the conduit from floods initiated within the drainage basin of the Arava Valley, and various aspects related to recent and sub-recent tectonic activity in the Arava Valley.

RSS Marine Study on Red Dead Canal

Marine Environment Component Study

The Royal Scientific Society of Jordan presents its final report here describing the physical, biological and chemical features and characteristics of the proposed site for the Red Sea – Dead Sea Conduit project, located at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba.

Geological Survey of Israel Multi-component Chemistry model of Red Dead Canal

A Multi-Component Chemistry-Based Model for the Dead Sea

This report summarizes much of the Geological Survey of Israel’s activities over the past two years in conjunction with the Red Dead Canal. As outlined in this report, the uniqueness of the Dead Sea poses some challenging and practical as well as scientific problems.

Royal Scientific Society study on Red Dead Canal

Socio-Economic Report of the Red Dead Canal

The Royal Scientific Society (RSS) was assigned by EcoPeace to research and evaluate the long-term socio-economic issues related to the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea conduit.

This study aims at analyzing and predicting the long term impacts of the RDC project on the social and economical activities focusing on the industrial projects, tourism facilities and the different communities distributed in Wadi Araba, Dead Sea and Gulf of Aqaba (northern part).

WEDO study on Red Dead Canal

Socio-Economic Study in Israel and Palestine

This report covers the socio-economic component study in relation to the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea conduit that was carried out by the Water and Environment Development Organization (WEDO).

The target group of this impact study extends along the western side of the Dead Sea Rift Valley (from the northern part of the Dead Sea to the northern head of the Gulf of Aqaba) and was carried out largely via questionnaries.

EcoPeace Comments to ToR of Red Dead Canal

Comments to the World Bank Terms of Reference for the Red Sea – Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, May 2004

These comments are submitted by EcoPeace Middle East to the World Bank and the three participating governments of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in support of their efforts that would ‘Save the Dead Sea’ by promoting sustainable development.

The comments made, though uninvited, reflect the legitimate concerns of civil society that any investigation carried out be comprehensive and independent.

EcoPaece comments to the ToR of Red Dead Canal

Comments to the World Bank Terms of Reference for for the Red Sea – Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, May 2003

EcoPeace Middle East has critiqued the World Bank’s Terms of Reference, saying that investigating the promotion of sustainable development around the Dead Sea should be the issue of the project in question and therefore the focus of the World Bank ToR as this would better reflect the shared vision of all three-core parties.

2) DEAD SEA CONCEPT DOCUMENTS & BROCHURES

Let the Dead Sea Live

Let the Dead Sea Live

Concept Document towards the Dead Sea Basin Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Listing.

This report has been presented to the public and to political decision makers both regionally and internationally in order to gain further support for the concept and to lobby the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities to register the Dead Sea Basin as a Biosphere Reserve with UNESCO.

Southern Dead Sea Border crossing

Southern Dead Sea Border Crossing

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.

Let the Dead Sea Live brochure

Let the Dead Sea Live

This brochure describes the wonders of the Dead Sea, the environmental degradation of the sea, and suggestions for taking action.

Dead Sea No Other Like It Brochure

The Dead Sea – Only One Like It (Hebrew)

This flyer was developed with the Youth Water Trustees of the Tamar Regional Council. It describes the unique qualities of the Dead Sea and compares the different alternatives suggested for saving the Dead Sea.

3) OTHER REPORTS

Dead Sea photo Philip Reynaers

Economic Valuation of Resuscitating the Dead Sea

This study investigates the non-market economic value of conservation of the Dead Sea basin using stated and revealed preference studies. Study results indicate that all 3 local populations are willing to pay to preserve the cultural and environmental heritage of the region.

Dead Sea Study on advancing conservation

Advancing Conservation and Sustainable Development

Part One: An Economic Analysis of Different Water Uses Affecting the Dead Sea Basin

Part Two: Sustainable Management of Dead Sea Basin Water Resources – A Comparative Analysis with North American Experience