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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2015

Submitted by: EcoPeace Middle East (formerly Friends of the Earth Middle East/FoEME)
Jordan River Rehabilitation

The Lower Jordan River (LJR), from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, is an extremely degraded transboundary system. All that is presently left flowing in the Lower Jordan - a river considered holy to half of humanity - is agricultural run-off, diverted saline waters and untreated sewage. EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is working on an innovative regional approach to rehabilitate the LJR system through widespread advocacy efforts. Some of the innovations include the building of diverse constituencies in support of the river, and the advancement of high level political will in support of policy decisions in relation to water transfers to the LJR. The Jordan River Rehabilitation Project is currently working with faith-based community leaders of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, and with political leaders of Israel, Palestine, and Jordan to advance awareness on rehabilitation needs and efforts. EcoPeace/ FoEME's widespread top-down and bottom-up advocacy efforts have resulted in some major breakthroughs as they are beginning to bring fresh water to the river, remove pollution through sanitation solutions and increase national and regional political will in support of the river's rehabilitation.



Across the globe, water basins and hydrological watersheds often straddle political boundaries.

Gidon Bromberg, Nader Khateeb, Munqeth Mehyar

Jury-Rating
The Lower Jordan River, from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, is an extremely degraded transboundary system. All that is presently left flowing in the Lower Jordan - a river considered holy to half of humanity - is agricultural run-off, diverted saline waters and untreated sewage. This year’s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Israel is working on an innovative regional approach to rehabilitate its system through widespread advocacy efforts, bringing fresh water to the river and removing pollution through sanitation solutions. Congratulations to this great initiative!