EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East Cooperation Circle

Environmental peacemaking in the Middle East
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"Our purpose is to engage Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in the rehabilitation of the lower Jordan River."
Traditions
Atheist, Christianity, Islam, Judaism
Sub-Traditions
Nontheist
Number of Members
100
Location
Tel Aviv, Israel
Joined URI Network

Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to promote cooperative efforts to protect their shared environmental heritage. They seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in their region through their Environmental Peacemaking work. They have offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv and they are a member of Friends of the Earth International, the largest grassroots environmental network in the world. They are a project-oriented organization; hence, their work is organized according to projects. Friends of the Earth Middle East has been involved in community development projects in the Jordan Valley since the early 2000s. Some of their ongoing projects: the "Good Water Neighbors" (GWN) project, which aims at raising awareness of the shared water problems of Palestinians, Jordanians, and Israelis; the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project; the "Protecting Groundwater" project, which aims to promote sustainable management of water resources and alleviate pollution of groundwater in the Mediterranean basins; the development of 3 FoEME EcoParks (whether to preserve biodiversity, or as a powerful tool for environmental education, they are important community based projects); and the Jordan River Peace Park, which is considered as the concrete first step towards rehabilitating the Jordan River, endorsed by the mayors and communities on both sides of the river.

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