- Jordan River Regional Conference
The "International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley" was organised on 10-12 November 2014 and it brought together over one hundred government officials from Jordan, Palestine and Israel, international diplomatic representatives, international development agency representatives, and basin experts.
This regional conference was convened in the weeks surrounding the 20th anniversary of the Israeli-Jordan Peace Treaty. While other 20th anniversary events in the region were cancelled due to major political and social rifts the fact that such a major regional conference was convened, including senior officials from the three parties and the attendance of two Ministers from Israel, demonstrates a marked success in itself and a wide commitment to the regional effort to rehabilitate the Lower Jordan River.
H.E. Saed Abu Hammour, Secretary-General of the Jordan Valley Authority (JVA), initiated a well-received call for action during the conference when, on behalf of Jordan, he invited the Israeli and Palestinian governments to convene a meeting in Jordan to discuss river rehabilitation efforts and a suggested signing of a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding between the parties.
All Across the Jordan representatives presented an advanced planning vision for the Lower Jordan River. This vision is rooted in the use of the Lower Jordan River as a multi-functional water conveyor and requires a major shift from conventional thinking. The plan aims to utilize and reuse river water multiple times at various stages of its flow. Moreover, the vision is based on shared benefits, sustainable development, and fair rights and access to the shared waters of the transboundary Lower Jordan River for all riparians.
Many donors representatives such as USAID, World Bank , EU, and others attended the conference.
- 14th International Living Lakes Conference andNGO Declaration
FOEME / EcoPeace representatives presented during the 14th International Living Lakes conference entitled "Lakes in densely populated regions - balance between people and nature" the challenges facing the Dead Sea and the factors leading to its continuous shrinkage that are directly linked to the deterioration of the Lower Jordan River, its main water source.
They also emphasized the need to support the implementation of the action plans developed in the NGO Trans-boundary Master Plan for the Rehabilitation of the Jordan River. More information can be found in this blog.
During the conference the project received a "Declaration of Non-Governmental Organizations Supporting the Rehabilitation and the Sustainable Development of the Jordan River".
The event was organized by Global Nature Fund, and attended by 350 delegates from 33 countries around the world.
- The project plans to prepare the final National Master Plans by the end of February 2015.