These publications – policy briefs, position papers, best practices – all have to do with sustainable development strategies. They are presented here in chronological order, as published (newest on top).
The Potential for Enhanced Water Decoupling in the Jordan Basin through Regional Agricultural Best Practice
This paper examines the differences in agricultural water application per crop ton output in semi-arid jurisdictions in the Jordan Basin, focusing on Israel and Jordan, with some analysis relevant to Palestine. In order to understand differences in water application, it delivers a nationally averaged assessment of applied water application for 14 key regional crops. The paper then proposes further work required to establish how differences in water application might translate into differences in agricultural water productivity, and thereby potential water savings that might enable growth of production within current agricultural allocations, allowing new future resources to be allocated to other economic and social needs.
Decoupling National Water Needs for National Water Supplies: Insights and Potential for Countries in the Jordan Basin
This report analyses and compares the water allocation and management experience of Jordan, Palestine and Israel using the lens of economic and resource decoupling to highlight past trends and future potential for jurisdictions in the region to circumvent limits on natural water resources.
EcoPeace Position Paper – Water for Agriculture in Jordan: Policy Strategies for Reducing Water Consumption in the Agricultural Sector in Jordan
Agriculture in the Jordan Valley is extremely important to the local economy, with the sector providing the most jobs in the region. In addition, farming is central to the cultural heritage and way of life of the people who live in the valley. However, agriculture in Jordan is a water-guzzling, inefficient sector, accounting for approximately 70% of all water demand in Jordan.
EcoPeace envisions solutions that balance the needs of the environment with the needs of the burgeoning population of Jordan for water, agricultural products, and economic opportunities. This policy paper gives suggestions for reducing water use by instituting policy changes as outlined in this paper.
Click here for the Arabic version of the Position Paper
EcoPeace position paper on water saving methods in Jordan: Garden Reform
As part of EcoPeace’s national education campaigns to help save water in Jordan, the use of garden reforms was researched as one way that the public in Jordan can reduce their water consumption. This brochure presents background information and useful tips to help Jordanians save water in their gardens.
EcoPeace position paper on water saving methods in Jordan: Double flush toilets
As part of EcoPeace’s national education campaigns to help save water in Jordan, the use of double flush toilets was researched as one way that the public in Jordan can reduce their water consumption. This brochure presents background information and useful tips to help Jordanians save water in their lavatories.
Policy Brief – Water Losses in the PA
This represents the first of EcoPeace’s Palestinian campaigns to highlight water conservation measures that could be taken with in the West Bank and Gaza to realize up to an additional 92 MCM/year of water by the year 2020. This brief details water losses due to old or inefficient infrastructure and water theft, and recommendations for the respective authorities continue to move forward to remedy these challenges.
Click here for the Water Losses in the PA policy brief as a power point presentation (in Arabic)
Policy Brief – Treated Wastewater Reuse in Agriculture in the PA
This represents another of EcoPeace’s Palestinian campaigns to highlight water conservation measures that could be taken with in the West Bank and Gaza to realize up to an additional 92 MCM/year of water by the year 2020. This brief outlines the challenges and opportunities for greater expansion and development of wastewater treatment and the potential to use this for agriculture in areas like the Jordan Valley.
Click here to see the Wastwater reuse policy as a power point presentation (in Arabic)
Policy Brief – Catchment Dams in the PA
This represents the third of EcoPeace’s Palestinian campaigns to highlight water conservation measures that could be taken with in the West Bank and Gaza to realize up to an additional 92 MCM/year of water by the year 2020. This brief describes catchment dams, following the first dam developed in the West Bank, in the village of Auja.
Policy Brief – Rainwater Harvesting in the PA
This represents the fourth of EcoPeace’s Palestinian campaigns to highlight water conservation measures that could be taken with in the West Bank and Gaza . This brief describes rainwater catchment / harvesting as a method to reuse water and also details the problems of groundwater pollution.
Page 1 of the brochure can be seen by cilcking on the cover photo on the left.
Page 2 of the brochure can be seen by clicking here.
EcoPeace position paper on Desalination in Israel (Hebrew)
EcoPeace’s Position Paper on Desalinization explains the positive and negative sides of a water economy focused on increased water supply through desalinization as well as the alternatives to desalinization.
EcoPeace’s position paper asks important questions including how much should Israel be desalinating? And what are the alternatives to desalinization? The paper further identifies some of the conservation and demand management approaches that can help to resolve the water deficit through more environmentally friendly and sustainable approaches to water management.
EcoPeace Position Paper on Water for Agriculture in Israel (Hebrew)
EcoPeace’s Position Paper on Water for Agriculture offers a series of recommendations to increase efficiency and sustainable management of water in Israel’s agricultural sector. This position paper summarizes the findings and recommendations included in the research paper by the same name.
EcoPeace Research Paper on Water for Agriculture in Israel (Hebrew)
This paper takes a detailed look at water for agriculture offering a series of recommendations to increase efficiency and sustainable management of water in Israel’s agricultural sector. This paper builds on past research and articles issued by EcoPeace, updated with new data and plans issued by the Israeli Water Authority.
Promoting Green Jobs and Exports in a Green Water Economy in Israel
EcoPeace continues to promote demand management water policies over supply management policies, and has recently concluded this research paper that clearly indicates how a water conservation economy is preferable to one of desalination, both in terms of the quantity and quality of jobs it would produce.
Click here for the Executive Summary in Hebrew
Paths to Sustainability July 2011 (Hebrew)
“National Plan for Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions – The Environmental Organizations’ Position” – This paper was written following the recommendations of the “Shani Committee” and the Israeli government’s decision to implement a national, multi-year plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Israel. The paper includes references to components that are missing in the program, including the energy sector, energy efficiency, green building, transportation and the water sector, with recommendations for bridging the gaps.
Best Practices in Agricultural Water Demand Management
This paper reviews best practices for water demand management in the agricultural sector highlighting to what extent these tools have been adopted in Israel and with what degree of success.
Agricultural Water Demand Management in the Palestinian Territories
As a follow-up to the policy paper focusing on best practices of Agricultural Water Demand Management in Israel (above), this research paper looks into policy options for the Palestinian Territories. It discusses Agricultural WDM tools such as irrigation water pricing, removal of trade barriers and agricultural planning, as well as on-farm efficiency and their applicability to the Palestinian context.
Best Practices in Domestic Water Demand Management
This report, released on the occasion of World Water Day 2009, highlights best domestic water demand management practices in other drought-stricken countries of the world and points out how Israel is lagging behind….
Paths to Sustainability VII (Hebrew)
This policy document was written as part of the preparation process of Israeli environmental NGOs towards the Copenhagen Climate Conference to be held in December 2009, calling on the government of Israel to set clear national targets for reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions as part of a comprehensive climate plan. EcoPeace contributed the last chapter on Water.
Click here for the Executive Summary in English
Paths to Sustainability VI (Hebrew)
This report by the Coalition “Paths to Sustainability”, of which EcoPeace Middle East (Tel Aviv office) is a member, presents and analyzes the Israeli government’s policies on climate change in the aftermath of the Bali conference of December 2007.
Paths to Sustainability III (Hebrew)
This third report by the coalition “Paths to Sustainability”, analyzes the sustainability programs which government offices submitted to their budgeting requests of 2005.
The report checks the offices’ feasibility of implementing these programs, their level of deployment of the principles of sustainability development, and checked how sustainable development strategies are included in their overall office strategy.
Paths to Sustainability II
Interim Assessment of the Israeli Government’s Implementation of a National Strategy for Sustainable Development. Presented to the U.N. Commissionon Sustainable Development New York, April 2005
Paths to Sustainability I
Shadow Report to the Government of Israel’s Assessment of Progress in Implementing Agenda 21, presented at The World Summit for Sustainable Development, Johannesburg 2002.
This project was initiated by Life and Environment and EcoPeace Middle East.
Uncovering Greenwash – Challenging our Governments
Alternative civil society reports on sustainable development from around the world: From Rio to Johannesburg.
This document brings civil society representatives from 22 countries from different continents around the globe who challenge governments in their efforts to date in implementing Agenda 21 and promoting sustainable development.
NGO Jordanian Shadow Report
Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Jordan believe that sustainable development is the only way for real development. The environmental NGOs who participated in the Governmental workshop on the WSSD report expressed their will to produce an independent report to clarify their understanding of sustainable development, especially since the Governmental report did not reflect a full picture on sustainability. Therefore the environmental NGOs committed themselves to participate in the Preparation Conferences (Prepcoms) as well as the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.
All environmental NGOs were invited to participate in two workshops in April 2002 conducted in Amman – Jordan to examine the factors that should be included in the Shadow Report (SR), where NGO representatives agreed to share the responsibilities on the report. This publication is the result of those efforts.