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National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2016
The Middle East is one of the most water-stressed regions in the world. Effective management of the water basins shared between Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians is not only challenged by the natural water scarcity but also historical relations of political animosity, armed conflict and occupation. Indeed, all the region’s major water basins are shared across political boundaries. Thus, the actions of any one country - or a single village – with regard to water has direct implications throughout an entire river basin on all sides of the borders, affecting water availability, quality and long-term ecological health. To ensure the sustainability of water resources and to mitigate tensions that result from competition over water, cooperation is a necessity. Yet, conflict, competition and mutual suspicion characterize the relations between the region’s communities, making cooperation on shared resources difficult to achieve. Until today, all of the region’s major water basins are threatened by over-extraction and declining water quality as countries compete, rather than cooperate, over the management of shared resources. Lack of sewage treatment, over-pumping of aquifers, excessive diversion of surface water flows, and difficulty in implementing critical water-demand management policies threaten scarce water resources. These circumstances pose environmental and health hazards to communities. The demise of the Lower Jordan River, shared by Palestinians, Jordanians and Israelis, and the consequent decline of the Dead Sea exemplify the rapid decline of regional ecosystems that are threatening the livelihoods of people across the region. The Youth "Water Trustees" Program aims at engaging both female and male Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian youth to learn and act together in cross-border watershed or river basin-wide activities to develop a shared environmental identity; create a sense of mutual responsibility for their shared environmental future; and expand and institutionalize water and peace education initiatives in the cross-border watersheds and river basins of the region. The ability to engage the wider community facilitates cooperative efforts to create concrete improvements in water, sanitation infrastructure, and joint management of resources. Ultimately, these become trust-building activities towards establishing the basis for peace in the region. Young people are vital stakeholders in conflict and peacebuilding since they have the potential to act as future community leaders and build a new generation of peacebuilders that are raising their voices. Over 4,600 Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian youth have participated as "Youth Water Trustees” in weekly or bi-weekly environmental education activities. During the last 4 years, 1362 youth were part of cross-border events and through eco-building workshops, youth developed 87 eco-facilities across 28 communities to showcase water conservation. Since the beginning of the Alumni program in 2014, 87 Youth Water Trustees have been trained to become part of the Alumni network. With a conservative estimate of 50 persons annually impacted by each of the 87 alumni trained, 4350 persons are impacted. Since 2007, 4,200 youth were taught about regional water issues using the "WaterCare" book.
The Middle East is one of the most water-stressed regions in the world. Effective management of the water basins shared between Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians is not only challenged by the natural water scarcity but also historical relations of political animosity, armed conflict and occupation. This year´s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Palestine established the Youth "Water Trustees" Program which engages youth to learn and act together in cross-border watershed activities to develop a shared environmental identity. Congratulations to your initiative!